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Michael Spratt

Michael Spratt

Michael Spratt is a certified criminal law specialist and partner at the Ottawa criminal law firm Abergel Goldstein & Partners. He has served as a director of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association and as vice president of the Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa. He is an award-winning blogger co-host of the legal and political podcast The Docket. He frequently appears as an expert witness before the House of Commons and the Senate. Check more of his work at michaelspratt.com and on Twitter @mspratt.

Why body cameras for police are a bad idea

Money spent on police cameras means less for crime prevention, social supports, police education

Ontario’s plan to build new prisons is wrongheaded

We don’t need new jails or bigger jails; we need better and smaller jails, argues Michael Spratt

Morneau should watch his back in light of RCMP investigation

The next time Morneau gives testimony may well be at his own criminal trial, says Michael Spratt

Police require more training in Charter rights

Police are ignorant of limits of their powers and scope of civil liberties, writes Michael Spratt

Police wrong to detain anti-racism protesters

Heavy-handed actions of Toronto police continue abuse of racialized peoples, argues Michael Spratt

Mandatory minimum sentences should be recognized as failed sentencing practice

Conservative candidate Erin O'Toole's platform would run afoul of the Charter, says Michael Spratt

Canada can – and should – facilitate release of the Two Michaels

Government can stop the extradition proceedings of Meng Wanzhou if it wants to, says Michael Spratt

Racism in Canada is real, despite the deniers

Our justice system and law enforcement are systemically racist, argues Michael Spratt

COVID-19’s profound impact on justice

Trials are being cancelled when they could be conducted remotely, argues Michael Spratt

Cuts to Legal Aid Ontario will be obvious post-pandemic

Ontario’s premier should make good his promise and guarantee legal aid, says Michael Spratt