More Tough Crimes: True Cases by Canadian Judges and Criminal Lawyers

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Apr 252017

More Tough Crimes: True Cases by Canadian Judges and Criminal Lawyers

The third book in Durvile Publications’ True Case Series will be available soon. More Tough Crimes: True Cases by Canadian Judges & Criminal Lawyers is scheduled for release on May 31, 2017.

About the Book

The sixteen stories in More Tough Crimes include:

  • Mr. Don Bayne on the Senator Mike Duffy trial and the theme of a trial as media spectacle;
  • Mr. David Bright on a tale of intrigue spanning extradition and incarceration from India to Nova Scotia;
  • Mr. Brian Beresh on a historic case of domestic violence;
  • Ms. Breese Davies on Ashley Smith who died by self-inflicted strangulation in her prison cell;
  • Honourable Justice J. Di Luca on funny and, at times, tragic stories of inmate appeals at the Court of Appeal;
  • Ms. Mona Duckett on a Mr. Big operation where the client falsely confessed to the killings;
  • Honourable Justice F. Finnestad on the twisting, turning, and unravelling of people’s lives as a crime unfolds;
    Mr. Alan D. Gold on the Andre Gravelle murder and bogus lip reading evidence;
  • Mr. Brian H. Greenspan on the trial of hockey agent and promoter Alan Eagleson;
  • Mr. James Lockyer on the wrongful conviction of Steven Truscott;
  • Mr. Brock Martland on the Surrey Six murders focusing on the Crown negotiating deals with alleged triggermen;
  • Honourable Judge J. Ogle on the case of Calgary druggist Stephen Kesler who shot a robbery suspect;
  • Mr. Jonathan Rudin on the deaths of young Aboriginal people from fly-in communities in Northern Ontario and the quest to get an inquest;
  • Honourable Justice R. Wyant on a vicious case of rape and murder that changed his life and career forever; and
  • Mr. William Trudell on the trial of the contract killing of the wife of Helmuth Buxbaum.

Sneak Preview

Here are some excerpts from the book that you can look forward to.

Clayton Rice | The Case of Kristen Budic: Too Crazy to be Insane

At the core of the delusion was Budic’s belief that he had signed an insurance policy on a previous visit to Dr. Bozo Bulaijic and that Dr. Bulaijic was preventing him from getting treatment. According to Budic’s thinking, Dr. Bulaijic carried out the worldwide conspiracy against him by telex machine. Dr. Geoffrey Hopkinson, a psychiatrist at the Alberta Hospital, would testify years later: ‘I suspect that [Budic] took the law into his own hands to perhaps save his own life.’ The psychiatric diagnosis was the easy part. Getting Budic to trial was something else.”

Jonathan Rudin | The Death of Reggie Bushie and the Eight-Year Inquest

Almost all of the witnesses who testified about their experience attending high school at DFC (Thunder Bay) spoke about the racism—racism that sometimes took the form of name calling, but often including food and drinks being thrown at them on the street. For the students who came to the city from First Nation communities where this sort of racism was foreign, they had to live with the knowledge that these assaults could occur at any time. None of them ever went to the police, most didn’t even report it to school staff, it was—and is—the price First Nations students pay for high school education.”

Brock Martland | The Surrey Six

As criminal lawyers we get a lot more excitement than some of our desk-bound colleagues, but it’s normally detached from the immediacy and unpredictability of the crime itself. We study the evidence and analyze photographs from the crime scene and autopsy. They can be disturbing. But our analysis is all after-the-fact and it’s second-hand. It does not have the same intensity as being there. In the Surrey Six case, veteran RCMP Staff Sergeant Dave Teboul described the crime scene as horrific, even for seasoned homicide investigators.”

More Information

You’re invited to attend the book release receptions.

  • Calgary | May 30, 2017 | 5:00 to 8:00 PM (Readings at 5:30 PM & 6:30 PM) | Danish Canadian Club (727 – 11 Ave SW)
  • Toronto | June 1, 2017 | 5:00 to 8:00 PM (Readings at 5:30 PM & 6:30 PM) |Simcoe Chambers (#100, 116 Simcoe Street)
  • Edmonton | June 14 | 5:00 to 8:00 PM (Readings at 5:30 PM & 6:30 PM) | Audrys Books (10701 Jasper Avenue)

Pre-order your copy of More Tough Crimes from or at Read more excerpts here. Partial proceeds go to Canadian Women’s & Family Shelters.

For a review copy or excerpt inquiries, to set up an interview, or for further information, contact Lorene Shyba, Publisher ( or 403.818.4808.

Tough Crimes Book Tour

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Nov 102014

Tough Crimes, a collection of true stories written by Canada’s top criminal lawyers, will be released this week, on November 13!

Authors and editors Christopher D. Evans, QC and Lorene Shyba are taking the book on tour, and the Tough Crimes Book Tour is making three stops here in Alberta:

CALGARY – November 13
5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
The Danish Canadian Club

EDMONTON – November 20
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Audreys Books

LETHBRIDGE – December 6
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location TBA

At each book launch reception you’ll hear selected readings and have an opportunity to get your own copy of Tough Crimes signed.

Did you miss our September blog, where we interviewed Evans and Shyba about Tough Crimes? Read it now.

Available Soon – Tough Crimes: True Cases by Top Canadian Criminal Lawyers

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Sep 302014

v2Cover.inddA collection of stories revealing insights from criminal lawyers who have served as the defense or prosecution in some of Canada’s most striking criminal cases, Tough Crimes, will be released in just a few short weeks on November 13. Christopher D. Evans, QC and Lorene Shyba, authors and editors of Tough Crimes, talked to LESA last week about the book.

Evans described the rawness of the stories, saying that “Crown prosecutors and criminal defense lawyers don’t have closure after a trial; they don’t escape unscathed and haunting memories remain with them. … We really encouraged the writers of Tough Crimes to speak from the heart and mind.”

The book’s 21 contributors include the “heavy hitters” of Canadian criminal lawyers, such as, Richard Peck (Air India), Thomas Dalby (Taber school shooting), and John Rosen (Paul Bernardo defense). As Evans explained to LESA, each author contributed “a story or an essay about an actual case that presented personal and ethical challenges that had surprising turns in the results.”

While the experiences these contributors describe resonate with the legal community, Tough Crimes also appeals to the wider-public. For both Evans and Shyba, the ability to connect with a wide audience was one of the things that made working on Tough Crimes so exciting. Shyba identified the beginning of Tough Crimes as the “realization after hearing a couple of these stories that not only would I be interested in this story … but also that [sharing them] just may be cathartic for the lawyers and for our readers.” Evans’ optimism about the book’s widespread appeal rests on the fact that the “collective voice of this book really ends up speaking about the fundamental precepts of our criminal justice system … the presumption of innocence, reasonable doubt, subject matter like that.”

When describing the process of working with the contributors, Shyba admits that it involved “a lot of back and forth … [since] some people can weave a tale and some required gentle nudging into the heart of the darkness.” But in the end, some incredible stories were woven, stories that Shyba describes as “very personal tales about [the lawyers’] feelings and what they were encountering themselves.”

To find out more about Tough Crimes or to preorder the book, head to the publisher’s website.

For a chance to hear Evans speak about his over fifty years experience in criminal law, register for LESA’s 33rd Annual Intensive Advocacy seminar, where you’ll develop a confident, professional courtroom presence and explore all aspects of trial and hearing work in this week-long workshop. Don’t delay, register now as enrollment is limited.