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Case Linked to Illegal Juror Background Checks Ends with Guilty Verdict

PRIVACY LAW

February 12, 2010

A murder case that brought privacy concerns about juror background checks into the public eye has resulted in a first-degree murder conviction for an Ontario man, CBC News reports. Shane Huard, who was found guilty of the shooting death of Troy Hutchinson on Thursday, originally faced trial with co-defendant Richard Zoldi in 2009, but the judge declared a mistrial two months into proceedings when it was revealed police had conducted extensive background checks on potential jurors, the report states. Following a four-month investigation, Ontario Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian determined the background checks had violated privacy legislation and ordered an end to the practice. Cavoukian also asked the attorney general to create a centralized juror-screening process to minimize unnecessary background checks.
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