LAO test cases
The following are public interest matters that LAO has supported.
- Cultural assessment report considered in sentencing
In December 2014, police were investigating a home invasion when they approached Kevin Morris and three other black men in a parking lot. (It was later determined that none of the men had been involved in the home invasion).
- Clarifying the connection between Aboriginal heritage and criminal sentencing
Under LAO's Aboriginal Justice Strategy, improving services for First Nation, Métis and Inuit clients has been paramount—and improving access to Gladue services has been an important part of this strategy. This was why, in 2016, LAO supported Andrew Kreko's appeal to challenge a trial judge who did not take Mr. Kreko's Aboriginal heritage into account at sentencing.