Thursday, October 2, 2008

Under Arrest

Ironically, a few weeks after turning in my edits in my forthcoming UBC Law Review article Not Dead, Just Sleeping: Canada's Prohibition on Blasphemous Libel as a Case Study in Obsolete Legislation, I came across this 2007 book by Toronto lawyer Bob Tarantino: Under Arrest: Canadian Laws You Won't Believe. Although it's too late to integrate the book into my article, I'm glad I found it in plenty of time to use in my dissertation. It's a fascinating, well-written book on a wide variety of obselete but still-in-force Canadian criminal laws, including bans on comic books that depict crimes ("real or imaginary"), witchcraft, dueling, and yes, even blasphemy. If you're a devotee of the obscure like I am, this is a boon.

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