Michael Plaxton is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Saskatchewan. His research focuses on criminal law, constitutional law, and legal philosophy. His book, Implied Consent and Sexual Assault, published by McGill-Queen's University Press, is now available on Amazon. Follow him on Twitter @MichaelPlaxton.

Articles by this author

A vote against Frank

Yesterday, a majority of the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that s. 11(d) of the Canada Elections Act, which blocks individuals living outside of Canada for more than five years from voting in Federal elections, …

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An underground market in legal ideas?

Roughly fifteen years ago, the Supreme Court of Canada distributed a memorandum to law schools across Canada, in which it advised academics not to send new publications directly to the judges on the Court. It …

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Body of evidence

Lisa Kerr and Erin Sigurdson have an op-ed in yesterday's Toronto Star on the Barton murder trial – specifically, on the judge's decision to admit ”œthe preserved pelvic region” of Cindy Gladue. They rightly point …

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Carter's Remedial Smokescreen

On February 6, 2015 the Supreme Court of Canada struck down two provisions of the Criminal Code making it an offence for physicians to help certain persons end their lives. Or, at least, it appeared …

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Pushing it

After 10 years of Conservative appointments it is not at all clear that the courts — and certainly the Supreme Court of Canada — are in worse shape than they were when Stephen Harper took …

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Rothstein on Judicial Activism

Last night, recently-retired Supreme Court Justice Marshall Rothstein delivered a public lecture at the University of Saskatchewan. To say that it was interesting would be a gross understatement. Rothstein commented at length on the perils …

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Two views on Kokopenace

In a blog post yesterday, Professor Vanessa MacDonnell issued a scathing commentary on the majority decision in Kokopenace. One passage, in particular, stands out: Judges wield enormous power in determining what constitutional rights require of government, …

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What happened in Carter #2?

On Friday, the SCC extended the suspension of the declaration of invalidity issued in Carter last February. The ruling has been (rightly) assailed by critics as unprincipled – even incoherent. I would add just a few …

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What sexual assault isn't

Last week, in the Toronto Star , Aylshah Hasham and Christopher Reynolds reported on a man who, among other things, deposited his semen into the coffee mug of a female co-worker. He has pleaded guilty to …

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