Ex-solicitor general questions impaired driving review

Michael ShaprayNews

CBC News The is growing disagreement among B.C. Liberal MLAs about how to handle the enforcement of the province’s new impaired driving laws. (CBC) There is growing disagreement within the Liberal caucus about B.C.’s tough new penalties for impaired driving, with one former solicitor general criticizing calls for a review. On Monday, newly appointed Solicitor General Rich Coleman appeared to … Read More

Halloween party hosts should watch their guests drinking

Michael ShaprayNews

We look at Halloween and BC’s new drinking and driving laws Mike Lloyd/Jesse Johnston VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Halloween is this Sunday, and it’ll be a full weekend of parties right across the Lower Mainland. It’s a scary holiday for hosts dealing with BC’s tough new drunk driving laws. It has never been tougher to watch guests and make sure they … Read More

Canadians split on introducing cameras into courtrooms

Michael ShaprayNews

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – A new Angus Reid poll has found half of us want to watch court proceedings from our living rooms. The pollsters’ survey revealed 49 per cent of those asked would like to see cameras in courtrooms. The debate has always been about access versus the impact cameras could have on those in court who know they are … Read More

Charges against coroner may affect investigation credibility – Legal analyst says coroner’s work could come under scrutiny

Michael ShaprayNews

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The credibility of two police investigations may come into question now that a former Lower Mainland coroner has been charged with indignity to human remains. News1130’s legal analyst Michael Shapray says, “The Coroner plays a significant role in any murder or homicide case.” He tells us they are responsible for examining the bodies and are often the … Read More

DUI investigation involving a police officer

Michael ShaprayNews

Canwest News Service Forthwith, it shall ever be known as The Full Monty Defence. You drink and drive. Maybe enough to blow over the limit, maybe not: Only an onsite breathalyser test would be able to establish that fact. Soon after, you get into an accident. Rather than staying at the scene of the accident, as the law and common … Read More

Looking at how Facebook impacts police investigations – Cruel comments posted on memorial pages

Michael ShaprayNews

Andrea Macpherson VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Hateful comments on memorial pages, and inappropriate videos and pictures uploaded from crime scenes to Facebook. News1130 is looking into how police are increasingly devoting their investigative time to social networking sites. The most recent example of this is the apparent gang rape of a 16-year-old in Maple Ridge, says News1130 Legal Analyst Michael Shapray. … Read More

Reyat’s perjury conviction not likely to lead to re-trials – His conviction doesn’t change any of the evidence against his Co-accused

Rob GolbeckNews

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Inderjit Singh Reyat was found guilty of perjury during the 2003 Air India trial on Saturday, but his conviction is not likely to lead to a new trial for his two Co-accused who were acquitted in 2005. News1130 legal analyst Michael Shapray says, “The fact that [Reyat] has been convicted of perjury does not change the evidence … Read More

Case against two former ministerial aids to drag on

Michael ShaprayNews

Trial to take ten months, rather than six weeks Renee Bernard VICTORIA (NEWS1 130) – A legal case involving legislature employees that has been brewing for years could take another year to resolve. Justice Anne MacKenzie says the trial against former ministerial aides Dave Basi and Bobby Virk might not wrap up until next March. Initially, the trial against the … Read More

Supreme Court: Crown prosecutors must testify at Frank Paul inquiry

Michael ShaprayNews

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – B.C. Crown prosecutors will have to testify at the inquiry into the death of Frank Paul. The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear a B C. Government appeal of a lower court decision. The inquiry has been calling on prosecutors to explain why charges were not approved against police officers who dumped Frank Paul in … Read More