Crime and Law

The Viral Unfair Case of Cyntoia Brown


The case of Cyntoia Brown became viral this week. She is a woman who has been in jail for 10 years after murdering Johnny Mitchell Allan, a man who abused her and forced her into prostitution. In her article for CNN, AJ Willingham discusses the newly viral subject.

The Capital Punishment Dilemma


The article “Capital Punishment” written by Paul Gendreau and Wayne Renke explores the road to the death penalty abolition in Canada. In 1749, Peter Cartcel, a sailor, was hanged two days after his conviction for killing a man. Later, Robert Bickerdike, a Member of Parliament proposed a private bill suggesting the abolishment of capital punishment; it was rejected. The last two executed in Canada were Robert Turpin and Arthur Lucas in 1962.

Marital Rape in India, the Debate


Marital rape has been criminalised in most of the world since the 20th century, except for India. The article, “The marital rape debate” exhibits the very common issue of sexual abuse. Marital rape is when a spouse forces non consensual intercoarse upon their partner. Right now, domestic violence is considered a crime, thus, debate arose on if domestic sexual abuse should be punishable by law in India.

Far-right and far-left groups rising in Québec


Political tensions escalate inexorably in North America and some other places around the world. The highly polarized divisive political climate pushes apart extreme ying-yangs who demonstrate and protest in the streets, occasionally turning violent by both groups’ perceived opponent extremes, exactly what the climate is: polarization. In Québec, no doubt then, to see that there are strong nationalist groups for which Québecois identity is threatened by rising levels of immigration.

Objection: a legal platform for the environment

In July of this year, the UK government were forced by the High Court to produce a new air quality plan to tackle pollution, however the measures set out were widely criticized for not going far enough. Documented in the article cited, environmental law group ClientEarth is threatening to take the government to court again as a result. They are demanding a new set of measures in the form of a legal letter to Environment Secretary Michael Gove (known as a ‘letter before action’) which acts as a last request of sorts.

Anthem Kneeling to Fight for Racial Equality

In the past few months, a discussion has risen in the United States and internationally regarding athletes, especially football players, kneeling during the American national anthem. Clark Mindock, an American journalist, discusses and explains the debate around this controversial topic in an article for The Telegraph. 

The Catalan Crisis


The Catalan people have a distinct identity, which dates far back even before Spain formed, from that of Spaniards. They are one of the most distinct peoples in Spain, which led them, after the Franco dictatorial regime where its autonomy was suspended, to be one of the most self-governing regions of Spain, alongside with the Basque Country. On October 1st of 2017, another referendum, this time binding, was held by the Catalans, again with Spanish constitutional court opposition because steps toward independence are unconstitutional to an “indissoluble unit” Spain.

NBC Claims Gamers are Part of the Alt-Right Movement


NBC has posted a video claiming that  the alt-right movement is caused and consists of gamers. The rise of the Charlotsville incident in August of 2017 was started in a app called Discord which allows gamers and friends to build a community together and interact with each other. The rise in popularity of Discord has also been noticed by the alt-right movement that are gamers.

The United States raising state of public health emergency on opioid crisis


On October 26th, the Trump administration has declared the opioid crisis to be a national public health emergency under the federal Public Health Service Act in order to combat the “worldwide problem” with deep-reaching negative effects of drug abuse. In a speech delivered, he decries how the United States has lost “at least 64 000 Americans to overdoses, that’s 175 lost american lives per day, that’s 7 lost lives per hour” in 2016.