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Firearm Possession

R. v. L.D.

L.D.’s friend found a firearm in a rough area of Scarborough. L.D.’s friend claimed that L.D. shot himself by accident. L.D. was charged with possessing an illegal firearm. The bullet went through L.D.’s leg and into a couch. The credibility of all of the witnesses was significantly weakened by Mr. Weisberg’s cross-examinations. In the end, the truth came out, that L.D.’s friend was showing off his new gun and accidentally shot L.D. The client was found not guilty and still had no criminal record.

R. v. U.S.

The police received a confidential tip from an informant. The police conducted a high-risk tactical take down of a black Acura driving through Peel. The police recovered illegal firearms from the vehicle. The informer told police there would be two handguns inside that vehicle. Through cross-examination, Mr. Weisberg established that the police handler of the informer misled the Court with respect to the credibility and/or reliability of the informer. The weapons were all excluded from evidence and U.S. walked free.

R. v. D.M.

D.M. was known to the police as a gangster and gun-toting drug dealer. He was facing a five-year minimum sentence for gun possession. The police entered an apartment with a search warrant. D.M. was inside that apartment sitting on to p of a concealed firearm. D.M. was discharged at the preliminary hearing and walked out of custody. The judge’s ruling was upheld by a higher court at a later date because the Crown Attorney unsuccessfully appealed.

R. v. V.K.

A jury found V.K. not guilty after a trial. V.K. was the driver and renter of a vehicle that had the dashboard modified. The police called in a drug detection dog to search the vehicle. The police with the help of the dog discovered approximately seven ounces of cocaine in the dashboard and two loaded illegal unregistered firearms.

R. v. G.L.

G.L. had a jury trial. The jury found him not guilty. It was alleged that G.L. pointed a loaded firearm at a woman and her boyfriend. The police claimed that he ran from them and was tackled. At that point, a police dog followed a track from G.L. to a loaded firearm. Despite what initially had appeared to be a strong case for the prosecution, Mr. Weisberg was able to establish G.L.’s innocence.

R. v. J.W.

J.W. was stopped while being a passenger in a vehicle. Officers claimed he confessed to having a gun at his feet. The police officers were discredited and J.W. was found not guilty.