News for May 15th 2015

by Emeline Vidal


No decision has been made yet as to whether or not Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be sentenced to death or life in prison for the deadly 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

According to Reuters, the same jurors who found Tsarnaev guilty of killing three people and wounding 264 finished their first day of deliberations on Thursday without reaching a verdict.

The prosecution is arguing that the 21-year-old is an unrepentant mass murderer, while the defense says he is an unfortunate college student who was influenced by his older brother.

If Tsarnaev is sentenced to death, it will only be if all 12 jurors reach a unanimous decision.

by Catlin Spencer

The Supreme Court of Canada rejected the federal government's bid to have Omar Khadr declared an adult offender on Thursday.

According to CBC News, Khadr should not have to serve 5 distinct 8-year sentences.

His lawyer states that concurrent sentences advocated by the federal government would be without precedent under American law, and not supported under Canadian law.

The Supreme Court previously sided with Khadr twice:

It ruled that Canada had shared information illegally with the US regarding his case, and that Ottawa violated his constitutional rights during a Guantanamo Bay interrogation.

Khadr, who was accused of killing an American soldier in Afghanistan when he was 15, spent the past 13 years in custody before being released on bail last week.

by Catlin Spencer

The mayors of Montreal, Laval, Longueuil and surrounding suburbs are joining the lawsuit against Canada Post’s decision to reduce door-to-door delivery.

According to CTV News, the mayors say no consultations were held with municipalities before the decision was made and that seniors and those with reduced mobility will be negatively affected.

Canada Post says however that it has no choice but to reduce its delivery service due to a continuing drop in letter volume. 

It has also stated that it will be installing community mailboxes despite court challenges, and will take the matter to the Supreme Court of Canada if need be.