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SCC zeroes in on penile swabs

Shannon Kari - Monday, November 30, 2015

The clash between the privacy rights of a criminal suspect and the powers of police is once again before the Supreme Court of Canada.
This time the court must decide whether police are permitted to force an individual suspected of committing a sexual assault to provide a genital swab for the purposes of obtaining DNA evidence.

The appeal, scheduled to be heard Dec. 1, stems from an incident in Alberta more than four years ago. A 15-year-old woman and a friend were at the apartment of Ali Hassan Saeed along with three other men, after an evening of drinking. Saeed, who was 26 at the time, was arrested after he allegedly sexually assaulted the woman at knifepoint - R...

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Monday, November 30, 2015

From the discipline files
Lawyers Brian Radnoff and Chris Moore have successfully defended Nepean, Ont., lawyer Luigi Savone in front of a Law Society of Upper Canada Appeals Tribunal.
The Law Society revoked Savone’s licence last March, after a hearing panel concluded that Savone knowingly participated in a mortgage fraud between 2000 and 2003, and ordered him to pay $10,000 in costs.  

However, on appeal, the hearing panel ruling was set aside on the issues of disclosure, professional misconduct, and penalty, and a new hearing was ordered.

Toronto lawyer Remy G. Boghossian has had his licence suspended on an interim basis in advance of a Law Society hearing into his case. Boghossian made the news earlier this year after being found guilty of a nearly $2-million fraud involving the Royal Bank of Canada and a scheme to purchase unique gold bars.

In that case, Judge A.J. O’Marra disagreed that the corporate lawyer was duped. “I am satisfied beyond a...

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