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The Winnipeg Free Press has reported extensively on Mr. Pinx’s practice over the years.

Nearly 100 articles make up the archive of Winnipeg Free Press media coverage mentioning Mr. Pinx’s work over the past two decades.

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The Winnipeg Sun has done its fair share of reporting on Mr. Pinx’s cases as well. His work has made headlines in their pages for the last several years.

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David Asper On The Unger Case

The latter part of 1991 was an amazing time in the life of Wolch Pinx Tapper Scurfield, a law firm since disbanded but one which has an impressive alumni roster, of which I am lucky enough to be a proud member.

In that period we had successfully persuaded the federal Department of Justice to reopen the Milgaard case and were frantically preparing for several weeks of unprecedented hearings before the Supreme Court of Canada. The Milgaard case began in mid-January 1992 in Ottawa.

At the same time, Sheldon Pinx, QC, and a team of lawyers from the firm, including Jill Duncan, Evan Roitenberg and a lawyer from another firm, Ellen Gordon, were busily preparing for the trial of Kyle Unger that was set to begin on Jan. 20, 1992…

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Impaired Driver Avoids Jail

He slammed into a motorcycle at high speed while driving with a blood-alcohol reading that was nearly five times the legal limit.

Yet a Winnipeg man will not go to jail — or even get a criminal record — in what is believed to be a legal first in the province.

Navdeep Sooch was recently granted what’s known as a curative discharge based on his extreme alcohol addiction and the legal finding he would benefit more from treatment, not punishment, despite seriously injuring the victim.

Sooch, 37, was instead given three years of probation with intensive therapy that will see the charge of driving impaired causing bodily harm vanish from his otherwise clean record provided he doesn’t reoffend in that period…

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Men In Largest-Ever Cocaine Bust Acquitted

Gurdarshan Singh Hansra and Tirath Bal walked out of court free men Friday after a judge ruled he had a reasonable doubt whether they knew the tractor trailer they were driving was carrying 51 kilograms of cocaine.

“Suspicion, even a reasonable suspicion, does not meet the standard of proof required,” Justice Robert Dewar said Friday in acquitting the men of the largest ever powder cocaine seizure in Winnipeg Police Service history.

Hansra, 51, and Bal, 44, stood trial charged with possession of cocaine and possession for the purpose of trafficking.

The B.C. men were arrested in July 2010 following a traffic stop on the Trans-Canada Highway.

Defence lawyers Sheldon Pinx and Ryan Rolston argued the men were “blind couriers” unwittingly carrying the illegal cargo for pickup in Brampton, Ont…

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Drug Charges Stayed

BRANDON — More than two years after he was arrested in connection with the biggest drug bust the Brandon Police Service had ever seen, a Brandon-area man’s criminal charges will not proceed.

Charges against Jayant David Venn were stayed in Brandon provincial court Thursday.

“I’m just thankful that it’s over,” Venn said following the proceedings. “I’ve been innocent from the get-go. It has taken a long time to get to this point, and I just want to continue on with my life.”

All charges against Venn in relation to the case — possession of marijuana and cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of proceeds of crime and unsafe storage of a firearm — were stayed.

Police reported they seized a pound of ecstasy from Venn’s home on a Kemnay-area property. Venn — who was never charged with possessing ecstasy — said it wasn’t his, and that the authorities found the ecstasy in a separate third-floor suite he was renting to another man.

“I was in possession of absolutely no drugs,” he said.

Venn and other suspects were arrested in October 2012 following a lengthy investigation by Brandon police that included covert surveillance projects in 2011 and 2012.

In October 2012, police announced they seized more than $2 million worth of drugs during searches at rural properties near Brandon and Gilbert Plains, and alleged marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy were regularly shipped from British Columbia to Manitoba for distribution to Brandon and Dauphin drug dealers.

Venn’s lawyer, Sheldon Pinx, said Crown attorney Christina Cheater asked the court to stay charges against his client after careful consideration…

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The “Case Killer”

They were touted as major victories in the province’s war on drugs, with more than 100 kilograms of cocaine being seized by police during four separate investigations.

Tirath Bal, Gurdarshan Hansra, Kuljinder Dhillon, Alejandro Chung and Andy Koczab all faced the prospect of double-digit stays behind bars if convicted for their alleged roles in bringing an estimated $10 million worth of cocaine into Manitoba.

But all five men are free today after the cases against them collapsed, the result of several different factors that have many in the justice system wondering what message is really being sent.

Are Winnipeg police and RCMP simply not good enough at high-level drug investigations? Is the Charter of Rights and Freedoms so restrictive it hampers the ability of investigators to do their jobs? Are Crown attorneys making tactical errors in court? Have defence lawyers become so sharp they can expose every little loophole? Are criminals smarter than ever?
The answer, it would appear, may be all of the above…

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