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Update: SCOC rules 'Mr. Big' confessions must be regulated more carefully

Canada's top court rules confessions gained through sting operations must be carefully regulated in order to be admissible.

 The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that confessions obtained through so-called Mr. Big police sting operations must be regulated more carefully in order to be admissible in court.

The ruling came today in the case of a Newfoundland man who was
initially convicted in the first-degree murder of his three-year-old twin daughters.

The conviction of Nelson Hart was later overturned in 2007 by the province's appeal court, but only by a 2-1 margin.

In a majority decision, the Supreme Court ruled that Hart's Charter rights may have been violated and that Canada's legal system does not adequately protect the rights of people who are subject to Mr. Big sting operations.

It has left it up to the Crown to decide whether Hart faces a new trial, but his confession from the sting operation cannot be used.

The Mr. Big investigative technique involves undercover police officers who recruit a suspect to a criminal organization while posing as gangsters with the aim of extracting a confession to a crime.

At trial, court heard that Hart showed undercover officers how he drowned his daughters Krista and Karen by shoving them into the waters of Gander Lake, Newfoundland.

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  1. Ron posted on 07/31/2014 01:12 PM
    It won't be long before the court rulings will completely tie the hands of the police to investigate these types of heinous crimes. The winners once again are the criminals and their lawyers.
    1. Ian posted on 07/31/2014 01:39 PM
      @Ron It's all part of the juvenile belief that the police are always wrong and we'd be better off with no laws; a belief that's becoming depressingly common.
  2. KenUBelievit posted on 07/31/2014 03:20 PM
    Oh, what a shame that the cops can't scare innocent people to confessing to crimes they didn't commit. Anyone familiar with this case knows that the cops convinced this guy that they were his only hope but that they wouldn't help him unless he said he did it. After many denials he told them that he didn't do it but if the only way to get help was to say he did he would do whatever necessary to be left alone. Just what those scumbags wanted to hear.
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