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Supreme Court To Hear Jury Vetting Cases

PRIVACY LAW

June 24, 2011

The Globe and Mail reports that the Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear appeals from four men who claim their trials were tainted by jury vetting. Three of the men were convicted of murder in 2005 and one of fraud in 2008. The Ontario Court of Appeals dismissed earlier appeals by the four men claiming that police and prosecutors conducted secret background checks on jurors, affecting their trials. The cases prompted an investigation by Ontario Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian, who determined the background checks had violated privacy legislation and ordered an end to the practice.
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