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R v L O & C (2006)

  • Clayton Rice, K.C.

This wiretap case was the largest drug trafficking prosecution in Calgary legal history up to that time. It was similar to the Edmonton case on which Mr Rice acted called R v C (2003) discussed below. There were fewer defendants in this case but the wiretap component and volume of investigative material was approximately the same. The prosecution bogged down when the Crown Attorney delayed providing disclosure to the defendants. After two years of court motions, Mr Rice brought an application for a stay of proceedings asserting that the state had violated his client’s right to a trial within a reasonable time under ss 11(b) and 24(1) of the Charter of Rights. The trial judge never got to rule on the application. The Crown Attorney stayed the charges.

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