Self-defence in Jail

In July 2016, Ontario Superior court Judge Edward Morgan wrote an astounding judgement in favour of self-defence in R. vs. Michael Short.

Short shivved an assailant in a provincial jail. While Short is a violent gang member, the Judge understood that he had the right to defend himself with a weapon, even in a jail. This Judge understood the poorly managed jails offered no protection to inmates facing unprovoked attacks.

Let’s hope more judges exhibit this level of understanding when faced with prosecutions of ordinary citizens who are forced to defend themselves.