R v F M & F (2012)
- Clayton Rice, Q.C.
Mr Rice’s client in this case was alleged to be a member of an identity theft ring in Alberta and British Columbia. The state asserted that his client was in possession of information obtained from the theft of computer transactions and identity data stolen during the break in of a business near Vancouver and that he was involved in the manufacturing of bogus credit cards. During pretrial preparation it became apparent that the Crown Attorney was withholding significant information that formed the basis of applications for search warrants. Mr Rice filed a pretrial disclosure motion under ss 7 and 24(1) of the Charter of Rights. The trial judge granted the application and when she began ordering disclosure of a large volume of specific materials the Crown Attorney stayed the charges.