Canada: Supreme Court says MRU student’s magic mushroom assault defence was valid

Canada: Supreme Court says MRU student’s magic mushroom assault defence was valid
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The Calgary Herald reports The country’s highest court has concluded extreme intoxication can be used as a defence in assault cases, ruling in favour of a former Mount Royal University hockey player who attacked a professor while high on magic mushrooms. In a decision released Friday, the Supreme Court of Canada reversed a July 2021 ruling by the Alberta Court of Appeal that struck down an acquittal of Matthew Brown, who attacked an MRU professor in her home while high on psilocybin in 2018. The court unanimously concluded Section 33.1 of the Criminal Code is unconstitutional. That section, passed by Parliament in 1995, was specifically written to prevent extreme intoxication as a defence in violent cases. The Crown used Section 33.1 during Brown’s trial to argue against his use of automatism as a defence. “Convicting someone for how they conducted themselves while in a state of automatism violates principles of fundamental justice. Our criminal justice system is based on the notion of personal responsibility,” the court stated in a brief of the decision. Read more at  https://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/supreme-court-says-mru-students-magic-mushroom-assault-defence-was-valid

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