Zombie Law

On September 15, 2016, Justice Denny Thomas convicted Travis Vader of 2nd degree murder for causing the death of my parents, Lyle & Marie McCann.

But, it was soon determined that an obsolete portion of the Criminal Code has been used by Justice Thomas. This error was later corrected on October 31, and the verdict was reduced to manslaughter.

The consternation and pain endured by my family because of this so-called zombie law was enormous.

While this seemed unbelievable at the time, I have since learned that there are many sections of the Criminal Code which are obsolete and/or have been deemed unconstitutional.

On March 8, 2017, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould announced Bill C-39 (An Act to amend the Criminal Code (unconstitutional provisions)) that would address this problem.

2018-12-19 Canada's last witch trial? Woman charged 2 days before law erased from books
2018-05-31 St Albert MP predicts more months of delays in erasing ‘zombie laws’
2018-04-05 Bolder approach still needed to fix backlogged and overworked justice system
2018-04-03 Federal criminal justice bill aims to reduce court backlogs
2018-03-21 After a year's delay, justice minister called on to finally slay zombie laws
2018-03-09 McCann frustrated with delay to remove zombie laws
2018-03-08 McCann family frustrated by federal foot-dragging on zombie laws
2017-12-27 Cooper reflects on the year
2017-10-20 Bret McCann wants removal of zombie laws
2017-10-18 Slain St. Albert couple's son pleads with Ottawa to prioritize 'zombie law' bill
2017-10-18 Bob Layton editorial: Zombie laws
2017-03-21 PM starts walking the walk on feminism
2017-03-20 Liberals pick only low-hanging justice fruit with Bill C-39
2017-03-15 Why Canada and Britain Are Nixing Old, Burdensome Laws
2017-03-15 The Problem with Zombie Laws
2017-03-12 Ottawa shows courage by killing ‘zombie laws’: Editorial
2017-03-11 Government moves to kill zombie laws
2017-03-09 Ottawa moves to kill so-called 'zombie laws'
2017-03-08 McCann family welcomes federal move to kill zombie laws
2017-03-08 Liberals Move To Strip 'Zombie Laws' From Criminal Code
2017-03-08 Federal government to end 'zombie laws,' clean up Criminal Code
2017-03-08 Federal government expected to remove ‘zombie laws’ from Criminal Code
2017-03-07 Outdated Criminal Code provisions, including abortion ban, targeted for cleanup
2017-01-26 Federal justice minister pledges review of 'zombie law' that caused legal stumble in Travis Vader conviction
2017-01-26 Federal justice minister plans to review 'zombie laws' after Travis Vader trial
2017-01-25 Following Travis Vader verdict, victims’ son calls out Ottawa for ‘zombie laws’
2017-01-25 After Vader verdict, victim calls out Ottawa
2017-01-01 Purging Criminal Code of defunct 'zombie laws' no simple task
2016-12-21 McCanns, Cooper seek changes to Criminal Code
2016-12-21 Editorial: Canada's Criminal Code no place for zombies
2016-12-21 Bret McCann calls for changes to Criminal Code following Travis Vader verdict
2016-12-19 McCanns asking for changes to Criminal Code
2016-12-18 St. Albert MP calls for change alongside Bret McCann
2016-12-18 McCann calls for removal of 'zombie' laws
2016-12-18 Clean up the criminal code: McCann family wants zombie laws repealed
2016-12-18 Bret McCann calls for changes to Criminal Code following Travis Vader verdict
2016-12-18 Bret McCann calling for Criminal Code reform after outdated section led to convictions being overturned
2016-09-20 Criminal Code long overdue for overhaul
2016-09-15 Vader verdict: Time to clean up Criminal Code statutes
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