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Edited by C.D. Evans and Lorene Shyba, Tough Crimes is unique within the genre of Canadian True Crime. This collection of thoughtful and insightful stories, contributed by nineteen of Canada’s most prominent criminal lawyers and a forensic psychologist, is about cases that had weird or surprising turns, or that presented personal and ethical challenges. In the book,Edward G Edited by C.D. Evans and Lorene Shyba, Tough Crimes is unique within the genre of Canadian True Crime. This collection of thoughtful and insightful stories, contributed by nineteen of Canada’s most prominent criminal lawyers and a forensic psychologist, is about cases that had weird or surprising turns, or that presented personal and ethical challenges. In the book,Edward Greenspan writes on one of his most perplexing verdicts; Richard Wolson and Marilyn Sandford on the wrongfully convicted; Earl Levy on the Toronto Shoeshine Boy murder; Peter Martin on evil in men; John Rosen on defending Paul Bernardo; Fred Ferguson on a child’s sad death; William Smart on an RCMP“Mr. Big” sting; Richard Peck on the Air India trial; Noel O’Brien on corpora delicti; Joel Pink on the Antigonish Beech Hill murders; Brian Beresh on unanswered questions; Patrick Fagan on reasonable doubt; Mark Brayford on Robert Latimer; Marie Henein on the wrongfully charged; C.D. Evans on weighing moralities; William Trudell on the Walkerton water treatment tragedy; forensic psychologist Thomas Dalby on the Taber school shootings; John Vertes on aboriginal justice; and Hersh Wolch on a young prosecutor’s trial by fire.


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Edited by C.D. Evans and Lorene Shyba, Tough Crimes is unique within the genre of Canadian True Crime. This collection of thoughtful and insightful stories, contributed by nineteen of Canada’s most prominent criminal lawyers and a forensic psychologist, is about cases that had weird or surprising turns, or that presented personal and ethical challenges. In the book,Edward G Edited by C.D. Evans and Lorene Shyba, Tough Crimes is unique within the genre of Canadian True Crime. This collection of thoughtful and insightful stories, contributed by nineteen of Canada’s most prominent criminal lawyers and a forensic psychologist, is about cases that had weird or surprising turns, or that presented personal and ethical challenges. In the book,Edward Greenspan writes on one of his most perplexing verdicts; Richard Wolson and Marilyn Sandford on the wrongfully convicted; Earl Levy on the Toronto Shoeshine Boy murder; Peter Martin on evil in men; John Rosen on defending Paul Bernardo; Fred Ferguson on a child’s sad death; William Smart on an RCMP“Mr. Big” sting; Richard Peck on the Air India trial; Noel O’Brien on corpora delicti; Joel Pink on the Antigonish Beech Hill murders; Brian Beresh on unanswered questions; Patrick Fagan on reasonable doubt; Mark Brayford on Robert Latimer; Marie Henein on the wrongfully charged; C.D. Evans on weighing moralities; William Trudell on the Walkerton water treatment tragedy; forensic psychologist Thomas Dalby on the Taber school shootings; John Vertes on aboriginal justice; and Hersh Wolch on a young prosecutor’s trial by fire.

30 review for Tough Crimes: True Cases by Top Canadian Criminal Lawyers

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sakshi

    Learn from the legends, in their own words. Fantastic.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Hannough-Bergmans

    If you have any interest in criminal law in the Canadian context, read this book! The cases discussed were interesting, often brutal, and contained valuable insight into the way the authors approach the practice of law.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nicola

    It was a relief to have a book as interesting as this one to zip through after my previous book was a slog. I loved that this book was in manageable chapters, though the chapters themselves were quite dense and somewhat complex. It was very apparent they were written by lawyers! However, I feel that the lawyers chose very good stories to tell that were illustrative of the challenges and complexities of their jobs. Also, don't read this book if you're looking for an emotional discourse about the It was a relief to have a book as interesting as this one to zip through after my previous book was a slog. I loved that this book was in manageable chapters, though the chapters themselves were quite dense and somewhat complex. It was very apparent they were written by lawyers! However, I feel that the lawyers chose very good stories to tell that were illustrative of the challenges and complexities of their jobs. Also, don't read this book if you're looking for an emotional discourse about the impact of the cases. These lawyers stay very true to very dispassionate, analytical but thoughtful descriptions of the cases. This was a fascinating insight into criminal law in Canada.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Trick

    A very interesting collection of cases. I really liked that it was not always about the sensational nature of the crimes, but the difficulty of the questions of law. I did feel like the stories were too short though. After each one I wanted to know more about the legal ideas and similar cases and their outcomes. I could have read a whole book on each of these short stories.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ainsley

    I used the essays in this book as a way to break up a lot of the fiction reading I've been doing. I found a lot of the essay engrossing, particularly when learning how each author felt during their specific case, and how they handled the situations that arose. Learning about some of the intricacies of the Justice system in Canada was also very interesting, and I think it also helped to remove some of the biases I felt as a reader. Overall I not only think I've gained a better understanding of the I used the essays in this book as a way to break up a lot of the fiction reading I've been doing. I found a lot of the essay engrossing, particularly when learning how each author felt during their specific case, and how they handled the situations that arose. Learning about some of the intricacies of the Justice system in Canada was also very interesting, and I think it also helped to remove some of the biases I felt as a reader. Overall I not only think I've gained a better understanding of the legal system in our country, but I've also received a reminder to look at the different angles when encountering tough decisions.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    This is not the usual true crime book. This is a series of essays about crimes they've tried by 20 of Canada's top lawyers, many of them QC's. It focuses on cases mostly well known to the general public. We view these cases from the legal view and learn some of the intricacies of the legal system. This is not the usual true crime book. This is a series of essays about crimes they've tried by 20 of Canada's top lawyers, many of them QC's. It focuses on cases mostly well known to the general public. We view these cases from the legal view and learn some of the intricacies of the legal system.

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    Jenny Weasley

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