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SCC Decision: March 28, 2008

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Tele-Mobile Co. v. Ontario, 2008 SCC 12
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(Criminal law / Third-party production order)

SCC Decision: February 22, 2008

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R. v. Beatty, 2008 SCC 5
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(Criminal law / Criminal negligence / Dangerous operation of motor vehicle causing death)

SCC Decision: January 25, 2008

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R. v. C.L.Y., 2008 SCC 2
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(Criminal / Burden of proof)

SCC Decision: November 22, 2007

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R. v. Grover, 2007 SCC 51
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(Criminal law / Powers of court of appeal)

SCC Decision: November 1, 2007

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R. v. Singh, 2007 SCC 48
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(Charter / Right to Silence)

SCC Decision: June 7, 2007

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R. v. Teskey, 2007 SCC 25
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(Criminal law / Reasons for judgment)

Extortion: not an offence reserved for drug dealers!

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Michael Dew is a Vancouver lawyer who practices in all areas of civil litigation (including ICBC cases). Click here for contact information and further details about Michael’s practice.
 
Introduction:
Extortion is a serious criminal offence with a maximum penalty of imprisonment for life. However, many people don’t realize how broad the offence of extortion is, and assume it is only committed by violent actions such as pointing a gun to someone’s head and asking them to do something such as pay a drug debt. In fact, people have been found guilty of extortion for threatening to tell the press about newsworthy stories, and threatening to write damaging letters to employers.   The purpose of this article is to outline the law of extortion and, in particular, to explain the type of threats required to constitute the offence of extortion.
 

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