Friday, April 11, 2014

Nelson Hart; Canada; A Supreme Court of Canada decision is expected to be released "at any time" in this case which involves the controversial "Mr. Big" technique used by some Canadian police forces to obtain confessions. Gazette police reporter Paul Cherry provides an excellent "anatomy" of a Mr. Big police sting. (Must Read. HL);

STORY: "Anatomy of a Mr. Big police sting," by crime reporter Paul Cherry, published by the Gazette, on April 11, 2014.

GIST: "It’s a dramatic and controversial policing tool investigators employ as a last resort when they hit dead ends in solving major crimes. Mr. Big operations are elaborate sting operations the RCMP reportedly uses a dozen times a year in Canada to attempt to extract confessions from suspects. The tactic has been weighed by the courts twice in recent months. In March, a judge in Laval had to decide whether a Mr. Big operation would be allowed as evidence in the jury trial of Éric Daudelin, who was convicted of the murder, sexual assault and forcible confinement of 9-year-old Joleil Campeau almost two decades earlier. Last December, the Supreme Court of Canada was asked to consider whether such an operation violated the rights of a Newfoundland father convicted of murder in the drowning deaths of his twin daughters. The court could rule at any time on the case of Nelson Hart, in a decision expected to address to what extent suspects are under the state’s control during a Mr. Big operation. A confession made while a person is detained and under the control of the state is often carefully analyzed by a court to determine if it was made under such a degree of pressure that even an innocent person would have made it. Here is an anatomy of a Mr. Big and some of the legal implications."

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