OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada is to rule Thursday on the admissibility of confessions from so-called Mr. Big police sting operations.
In a ‘Mr. Big’ sting, undercover officers pretend to recruit a suspect to a fictitious criminal organization to obtain a confession about prior criminal acts.
Today’s decision centres on the case of a Newfoundland man sentenced to life in prison.
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The Crown asked the high court to overturn an appeal court ruling that ordered a new trial for Nelson Hart.
He was found guilty in 2007 of first-degree murder in the drowning deaths of his three-year-old daughters.
But the appeal court overturned the guilty verdict, in a 2-1 decision, over the question of whether the confession obtained during the sting was the result of improper conduct that violated Hart’s rights.
The Supreme Court agreed in early 2013 to hear the case.
It generally hears cases of national importance or those that involve split decisions on key legal points.
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