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Supreme Court Hears Appeal on Jury Vetting

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March 16, 2012

The Supreme Court this week heard arguments in a case that seeks to overturn fraud and murder convictions based on the Ontario Crown's use of juror vetting, Postmedia News reports. The Ontario Court of Appeals dismissed earlier appeals claiming that police and prosecutors conducted secret background checks on jurors, affecting certain 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. A decision by the Supreme Court "isn't expected for several months," according to the report.
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