Monday, December 2, 2013

Nelson Hart; Dax Mack; Will the Supreme Court of Canada tumble "Mr. Big" - a police tactic (sting operation) in which undercover officers recruit the accused into a fake criminal organization in order to obtain their confessions? Legal Feeds Blog: Canadian Lawyer;

PUBLISHER'S VIEW (EDITORIAL): I find it hard to believe that up to now Canadian courts have sanctioned the highly dubious - but very effective - "Mr. Big" operation, which is usually used as a desperate measure by police when there is no other evidence against the suspect available.   This  perverse tactic is of interest to this Blog because of the twisted psychology which has been permitted to enter the courtroom to justify the confession as voluntary - when in fact there is a great risk that the suspect has offered the confession to avoid violent recriminations from the fake "Mr Big." That's my point of view as Publisher. It will be most interesting to see what Canada's highest court ( a court which has been highly conservative when ruling on confession related cases in recent years - has to say when it considers the Hart and Mack  cases tomorrow - Tuesday December 3, 2013. PS: Panelists at a recent conference sponsored by the Association in defence of the wrongfully convicted  drew shivers from some members of the audience (myself included)   with the suggestion  that this Canadian practice could eventually find its way into the USA!

Harold Levy; Publisher. The Charles Smith Blog;

POST: "This week at the SCC (Supreme Court of Canada)" published by Canadian Lawyer on December 2, 2013:

GIST: " The Supreme Court of Canada will hear four appeals this week, two of which question the conduct of undercover police officers in recruiting the accused into a fake criminal organization in order to obtain their confessions, also known as a Mr. Big sting operation."

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