Interview with CTV News Channel on Vancouver Riots

Wednesday evening I had the opportunity to speak with Marcia McMillan on CTV News Channel about the Vancouver Stanley Cup riots.  This incident has been in the news again as the Vancouver Police have recently laid a number of charges with first court appearances having occurred this week.

In the interview I explain the reasoning behind why it likely took so long for the charges to be laid (many have been critical of this) as well as the suggestion by British Columbia Premier Christy Clark that the trials be televised.  My position was clearly against the Premier’s idea (check out the video for my reasoning).

The video can be found here (see the second video under the heading ‘CTV News Videos’).

This blog post was written by lawyer Adam Goodman.  Adam is a criminal lawyer in Toronto who blogs regularly about legal subjects.  Adam can be reached at 416-477-6793 or by email at

One Response to “Interview with CTV News Channel on Vancouver Riots”

  1. Simon Borys December 15, 2011 10:29 am #

    Great comments Adam! Especially about the presumption of innocence and testing the apparent evidence in court. The other thing to consider is that, even if the evidence does stand up in court, that doesn’t necessarily make a person LEGALLY guilty of the offence alleged. There are any number of circumstances where a person might have factually committed the act (as caught on camera) but still not have the moral culpability to be convicted. If the defence wants to introduce expert evidence about rioting mentality (as the news report said they did), I wonder if they might be going in this direction.

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