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In the Real World

Posted: Jun 28, 2013 12:15 PM ET Last Updated: Jun 28, 2013 12:15 PM ET
I've seen dozens of forensic teams combing over a crime scene in the past few years. However, until a few days ago, they were all fake. Just about every cop show, and let's face it, there are a lot of them on TV these days, has a forensic examiner to add a touch of gritty realism to their programs. The forensic examiner is usually an eccentric character able to parrot a staggering amount of scientifc info along with a...

Deja Vu All Over Again

Posted: Jun 20, 2013 2:34 PM ET Last Updated: Jun 20, 2013 2:34 PM ET
I have been reminded of that famous deju vu quote from baseball legend Yogi Berra over the past couple of weeks as I've watched the saga of Trevor Zinck play out in the court house and at Province House. I am experiencing deja vu because I really have seen this all before. In the 1980s, I covered politics in this province. I had an office alongside other reporters in the catacombs under Province House. For years I kept a...

Thoughts on a Disturbing Case

Posted: Jun 17, 2013 10:21 AM ET Last Updated: Jun 17, 2013 10:21 AM ET
 I hope I never meet another person like David James Leblanc.  More importantly, I hope there aren't that many more people like him out there.  I'm not so naive as to believe he's one of a kind.  After all, he had an accomplice and a third man stands accused of similar crimes.  But one David James Leblanc is more than enough.    I vividly remember the first time I saw Leblanc.  It was February, 2011.  Halifax police had issued...

Doggone Stupid

Posted: Jun 6, 2013 5:44 PM ET Last Updated: Jun 6, 2013 5:44 PM ET
Whenever he gets in the car, my dog Jake starts drooling and panting. He can't help himself; he's excited because car rides for him are special. He pants, even though I keep the air conditioning cranked so high you could hang raw meat in the vehicle. I worry that, surrounded by glass in the back of the car, he could overheat if I don't keep it cold. Jake was in fine form this past weekend as we got our...

Justice for All

Posted: May 28, 2013 11:58 AM ET Last Updated: May 28, 2013 11:58 AM ET
If you had to draw up a list of people you don't want to cross, chances are, your mother would be right at the top.  After all, if she can't reason with you, she can always guilt you.  She wins either way.Someone else who should probably be right at the top of that list is a judge.  They can make your life miserable in so many ways.  That's true even if you're not accused of a crime.And yet, a few...

About the Author

Blair Rhodes has been a journalist for more than 30 years in Atlantic Canada, covering everything from princes to politicians to prostitutes, and a whole lot of stuff in between. These days, he focusses on stories involving crime and public safety.

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In the Real World
In the Real World
Jun 28, 12:15 PM

I've seen dozens of forensic teams combing over a crime scene in the past few years. However, until a few days ago, they were all fake. Just about every... more »

Deja Vu All Over Again
Deja Vu All Over Again
Jun 20, 2:34 PM

I have been reminded of that famous deju vu quote from baseball legend Yogi Berra over the past couple of weeks as I've watched the saga of Trevor Zinck... more »

Thoughts on a Disturbing Case
Thoughts on a Disturbing Case
Jun 17, 10:21 AM

 I hope I never meet another person like David James Leblanc.  More importantly, I hope there aren't that many more people like him out there.  I'm not so naive... more »

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