Homicide, etc.

R. v. M.M.  First Degree Murder.

Client was initially charged with two counts of first degree murder.  A year after the initial arrest, a third count of first degree murder was added.  The client was discharged on one count at the preliminary inquiry, and went to trial on the other two.  During pretrial motions, cross-examination of several officers revealed that police had withheld disclosure— which revealed their own misconduct— from the defence and the Court, and had given false evidence (see Exposing Misconduct).  Critical evidence was excluded as a result, and the second count of first degree murder was ultimately stayed.

R. v. A.G.  Administering a Noxious Substance.

Client was charged with several offences, including administering a noxious substance, after it was alleged that she prepared a syringe and injected the complainant (who wanted to commit suicide) with drugs.  After the preliminary inquiry, at which the complainant testified, the client was committed to trial on all counts.  Joel successfully applied to quash the client’s committal on the charge of administering a noxious substance in Superior Court.  As a result, the client did not have to stand trial on that charge, and no longer faced a sentence of up to 14 years.