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Bail hearings are underway for the eight teenage girls charged in the murder of a man in Toronto. (Shutterstock)

The young ages of the girls charged in the swarming death of a man in Toronto may affect trial outcomes

Eight teen girls are charged in the stabbing death of a homeless man in Toronto. Research shows that jurors tend to respond when the perpetrator of a crime is or appears to be younger.
A recent inquest examined the deaths of Carol Culleton, Nathalie Warmerdam and Anastasia Kuzyk, and focused on the dynamics of gender-based violence. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Canada’s shadow pandemic: Femicide

A recent jury examining murders of women urged the federal government to add the term femicide and its definition to the Criminal Code.
Police investigating the cold case murder of US man Scott Johnson, a suspected gay hate crime, at North Head, Manly, in 2020. AAP/Dan Himbrechts

‘Cold case’ gay murders: two books illuminate Australia’s dark history of police and military violence

Two books on historical gay hate crimes – the murder of George Duncan in Adelaide, 1972, and army officer Warwick Meale in Townsville, 1942 – aim to create positive change by revealing past injustice.
South African police prepare guns handed in during one of several amnesties for destruction. EFE-EPA

Gun control in South Africa: tightening the law, and more

If proposed amendments to the law are passed, it will no longer be possible to acquire a firearm licence for self-defence in the country. This has sparked heated debate.
Four of the 10 federal prisoners executed this year: Wesley Purkey, killed July 16; Dustin Honken, killed July 17; Brandon Bernard, killed Dec. 10; and Alfred Bourgeois, killed Dec. 11. In some cases, survivors of their victims addressed the court. AP Photo

When families of murder victims speak at death penalty trials, their anguish may make sentencing less fair

Victim impact statements give survivors a voice in the criminal justice process. But research shows their wrenching personal testimonies may not bring closure and can add racial bias into sentencing.

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