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Reckless bankers, or just stupid and idle?: James Saft

By James Saft (Reuters) - As Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart once said of pornography, we may not be able to fully define the proposed new British offense of "reckless banking" but I suppose we will know it when we see it. Or perhaps, as has been the case about obscenity since 1964 when Stewart dissented in an opinion about the prosecution of a French film, we will just become more used to it.

Grandmother charged in death of Ontario toddler left alone in hot car

MILTON, Ont. - The grandmother of a Milton, Ont., toddler who died last week after being left alone in a sweltering car is facing criminal charges. Leslie McDonald, 51, was charged Friday with criminal negligence causing death and failing to provide the necessities of life. Her grandson, Maximus Huyskens, died on June 26, a month before his second birthday. He was laid to rest Wednesday in an emotional service that drew family, friends and even some strangers.

Crown doesn't need to prove crew member meant to kill missing passengers: judge

VANCOUVER - The judge overseeing the trial into the Queen of the North ferry sinking has told jurors they don't need to read Karl Lilgert's mind to find him guilty of criminal negligence causing death, if they find he should have recognized the risk his actions posed to people on board the ship. Lilgert is on trial for the deaths of two passengers, Gerald Foisy and Shirley Rosette, who haven't been seen since the ferry struck an island and sank off British Columbia's north coast in March 2006. The judge continued her instructions to the jury Tuesday for the second day.

Sinking of B.C. ferry 'honest mistake,' not criminal action: defence

VANCOUVER - Karl Lilgert acknowledges he was in charge of the Queen of the North passenger ferry in the dying minutes of its final voyage seven years ago. Lilgert even admits it may have been his own mistakes that caused the ferry to miss a scheduled turn and sail into a remote island, sending the ship sinking to the bottom of the ocean and leaving two passengers missing. But none of that makes Lilgert a criminal, his lawyer told a jury Thursday, as the defence presented its closing arguments at his criminal negligence trial.
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