Frances Brennan defends attempted murder suspect with mental health defence

“He was very, very mentally ill,” said his defence lawyer Frances Brennan. His wife, in her victim impact statement, told her husband that she could no longer trust  him, but pinned the blame elsewhere. “If responsibility is to be placed somewhere, I place it on the mental health system which so terribly failed you and our family,” she said. “It is inconceivable that anyone suffering from a mental disturbance should be released from the hospital without a diagnosis, medication or even a follow-up appointment.

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Sentence reduced for woman who posed as a boy and collected naked selfies

Her appeal lawyer, Frances Brennan, laid out the plan to Superior Court Justice Peter Hockin Tuesday that allowed the woman to continue with her probation and serve the rest of her sentence at home.

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Drug dealer appeals conviction

His time in custody was brief. His lawyer told Superior Court Justice Lynne Leitch after she had sentenced Szilagyi that it was expected he would be released the same day. The Ontario Court of Appeal was consenting to his bail pending the appeal of the convictions.

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Drunk driver gets 3.5 years

"Once the information was received, he stepped up and did the right thing,' Brennan said. "He decided to give an early guilty plea sparing the families and the courts. I think that needs to be considered."

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Unusual legal approach comes as London judge convicts George Szilagyi in drug -trafficking case

Federal drug prosecutor Frances Brennan outlined the agreed facts in the case to Superior Court Justice Lynne Leitch.

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St. Thomas police trial ends with three acquittals

It felt like the Crown’s ship was sinking fast.

After St. Thomas police Const. Daniel Spicer, 37, had finished what sounded like the most accurate account of what happened when he and a surveillance team arrested the wrong man, including a description of how one officer punched and another kicked Jamie Clarke, 36, there was a startling turn at Spicer’s Ontario Court trial.

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