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Understanding the extradition process and where to seek help

Worldwide, crime crosses borders, and it is a problem that requires multinational solutions. Sometimes, alleged participants in criminal activities end up across borders from the country where the incidents took place. This complicates investigations, and it led to the development of extradition agreements, which are tools to bring about international cooperation. Canada has treaties with countries like the United States when it comes to investigations and prosecutions to contain cross-border crime.

If you are the subject of an extradition request by another country, it will naturally be a frightening experience, as you could potentially face severe consequences, including an extended period of incarceration.

The acquittal of Gerald Stanley

The trial of Gerald Stanley for the shooting of Colten Boushie was, in a sense, a "dull", very simple, single-issue trial.

It wasn't a "who dunnit", there was no quarrel over the basic facts‎ and the legal issues - differentiating murder, from manslaughter, from a not guilty verdict - were straight-forward.

Why then the publicity and the national attention? Because a white man was acquitted of shooting an aboriginal man, and the jury pool and selection process resulted in no aboriginal jurors.

Physiotherapist responsibilities and fighting misconduct charges

Like most other medical professionals in Canada, you probably worked most of your life to acquire a license to practice as a physiotherapist. It would likely be unsettling to have to cope with allegations of unethical actions or misconduct. You might have much more to lose than others in non-professional occupations in the event of a conviction for a criminal charge or a misconduct violation.

Every complaint is serious, even those without any merit. Taking the wrong step at this time can have a severe impact on your career. As a licensed professional, you must adhere to exceptionally high standards of care to your patients, and regulatory bodies typically monitor those standards and investigate any allegations of professional misconduct.

Extradition ? Bail ? Disappearance ?

One of the most despairing legal situations that a person can possibly face is the prospect of being forcibly taken from Canada to a foreign country - and subjected to what may well be a Kafkaesque justice system that operates under unfamiliar rules, before alien judges, in a possibly unknown language, and can lead to hardship and the deprivation of liberty in a prison far from home.


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