Intoxication can be violent crime defense, Canada supreme court rules

edited May 13 in UK Political Debate

People accused of violent crimes such as homicide and sexual assault can use self-induced extreme intoxication as a defense

Canada’s supreme court has ruled that defendants accused of violent crimes such as homicide and sexual assault can use self-induced extreme intoxication as a defense, striking down a federal law supported by women’s advocacy groups.

The supreme court said on Friday a law passed by parliament in 1995 that prohibits the defense was unconstitutional and violates the country’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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