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Court Rules Against Man in RCMP Raid Case

PRIVACY LAW

November 8, 2013

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled against a British Columbia man seeking to avoid a second trial after the RCMP raided his house and seized two computers and a cellphone, The Windsor Star reports. The trial judge in the case did not allow the evidence taken from the two devices because the warrant should have been more specific about electronic documents, the report states, leading to the man’s acquittal. But the BC Court of Appeal ordered a new trial, and the man was convicted in a 9-0 decision. Justice Thomas Cromwell said, “While every search of a personal or home computer is a significant invasion of privacy, the search here did not step outside the purposes for which the warrant had been issued…”
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