Dec 252010
 
 December 25, 2010  Court, Featured News, Non-U.S., Surveillance

The Canadian Press reports:

The Supreme Court of Canada will decide if a Vancouver judge was right to throw out a law which allows police to use wiretaps without a warrant in an emergency.

The case involves six men convicted last April in the 2006 kidnapping and ransom of a drug trafficker and two other people.

Police used warrantless wiretaps to crack the case, relying on a section of the Criminal Code which allows that in an emergency.

The trial judge admitted the evidence, but also declared that section of the code to be unconstitutional.

The judge stayed the decision for at least 18 months to allow for appeal.

The Supreme Court will decide whether the ruling was correct.

Read more in the Toronto Star.