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Defence details off limits

Posted in CONSPIRACY, Tagged News Clippings

April 19, 2009

Prosecutors can’t divulge to police details of defence Charter challenges before the officers testify, a Calgary judge has ruled. Provincial court Judge Heather Lamoureux said information in defence Charter notices, which must be provided to the Crown, can’t be passed on to witnesses.

Lawyers David Chow and Greg Dunn argued allowing officers access to detailed defence notices would allow cops to tailor their evidence to plug up potential rights breaches. Chow said his document outlining what he believed officers did wrong in arresting his client for impaired driving amounted to privileged information. Lamoureux, in a written ruling obtained yesterday by the Sun, agreed the notice, which by law must provide details outlining alleged Charter breaches, contained privileged information.

“It cannot be that the court can sanction the police review of a ... Charter notice,” Lamoureux said. 


This entry was posted in CONSPIRACY, tagged News Clippings and posted on April 19, 2009


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