Colleague strikes down mandatory minimum sentence

Criminal defence lawyer Jeffrey Mazin struck a blow for Charter rights this month, after he successfully argued to strike down the mandatory minimum sentence for offering to transfer a firearm contained in s. 99 of the Criminal Code. Mazin told the National Post, “This ruling demonstrates that not all offences involving firearms, real or imagined, should carry the same penalty… In this case, it was found that Mr. Lewis had neither the inclination nor the wherewithal to go through with the sale. It’s a victory for Charter rights in this country.” Justice Bellefontaine’s decision in R. v. Lewis is available on CanLii here.