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Fight for publication ban in police trial

Shannon Kari - Monday, May 2, 2016

The ongoing prosecution of three Toronto police officers accused of sexual assault is the latest high-profile case where there is a dispute over whether details in an information to obtain should be subject to a publication ban until the end of the trial.
Lawyers representing the officers and various media outlets are scheduled to argue a defence request for a publication ban on May 3 in Ontario Superior Court. A number of rulings in recent years on this legal issue have highlighted differences of opinion among some of the most senior Superior Court judges in the province.

Toronto police officers Leslie Nyznik, Joshua Cabero, and Sameer Kara are all facing charges of sexual assault causing bodily harm as a result of an off-duty incident last year at a downtown hotel. The alleged victim is a civilian employee of the Toronto police a...


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Monday, May 2, 2016

SOCIAL IMPACT GROUP ANNOUNCED
Miller Thomson LLP has announced its Charities and Not-For-Profit group will now be known as the Social Impact Group.

The group will “continue to provide unique value-added services that help organizations succeed through changing economic, political and technological realities,” according to a firm news release.

“Clients are looking for sustainable new ways to deliver social change,” said Susan Manwaring, national chairwoman of Miller Thomson’s Social Impact Group.

“Increasingly, our legal team is being called upon to help organizations design innovative structures, identify and unlock creative sources of revenue, lay the groundwork for social investments, and navigate a changing landscape of regulatory and financial risk.”

For more information, visit www.millerthomson.com/socialimpact.   

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Law Times reports there is a dispute whether a publication ban should be granted in a case concerning three police officers accused of sex assault. Do you believe publication bans are usually granted fairly?
Yes, publication bans are usually carefully considered and exist to protect both victims and offenders from unfair prejudice during a proceeding.
No, publication bans are granted far too easily, which means the public does not get the timely information they deserve.