On The Wire

Supreme Court Clarifies the Law of Police Safety Searches

In an important judgment released on January 17, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada clarified the constitutional requirements of police searches conducted to ensure the safety of the police or the public. In R. v. MacDonald, 2014 SCC 3 two police officers had gone to the appellant's Halifax condo as ...
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Judge Throws Out Prosecutors’ Applications in Wiretap Case

The four defendants in a wiretap case I have before Justice Brian R. Burrows in the Court of Queen's Bench, at Edmonton, brought evidence suppression motions regarding historic text messages seized by the police from a telephone service provider. The Crown Attorneys brought counter applications for declarations that the defendants' ...
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Wiretap Limitations

In 1979 five men and a woman were charged with conspiracy to traffic marijuana in Edmonton, Alberta. Wiretap evidence was new and central to the state’s case. I had been practicing in Alberta for only two years. The closest I had come to a wiretap was watching Francis Ford Coppola’s ...
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Welcome To: On The Wire

On The Wire is a forum for opinion about the Charter of Rights and the criminal law with an emphasis on privacy issues. Although I am a wiretap lawyer my practice is not restricted to wiretap cases. I am first a criminal lawyer. My practice and experience include other types ...
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