Author Topic: Alexandre Bissonnette Not Likely to be Charged with Terrorism  (Read 154 times)

0 Members and 0 Guests are viewing this topic.

Offline Peter F

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 153
  • Location: I'd rather be in Quebec...
...  Should defence counsel advise their clients to lie or defence mislead court to vigorously defend their clients?

Are you claiming defence lawyers advise clients to lie? I think they'd be in a pretty mess should it be found that they did so. Disbarment, fines, perhaps prison. Mislead to vigorously defend clients is absolutely how the adversarial common law system works and the defence thinks their misleading will not be discovered.  But it is difficult to mislead when the Crown has all sorts of evidence gathering powers at its disposal.  It is up to the Crown to prove the case, not up to the defence to prove innocence.  I think you may be happier with a more European style  criminal law system. I probably would too.
"Never take on the role of management"
-- C.A.W. Shop Steward's manual.