Months after a Supreme Court of Canada ruling placed restrictions on the use of Mr. Big operations, cases relying on the controversial complex stings are continuing to wend their way through the courts.
Others, whose cases resulted in convictions, are hoping the Supreme Court’s decision will mean their cases get tossed out or at least appealed.
Mr. Big operations are used by police to obtain confessions or other evidence as undercover police officers who pose as criminals and offer things to induce information.
Critics – and there are many – say the nature of the stings can lead to false confessions from people who want to impress Mr. Big or earn money or other incentives offered by undercover operations.
Last summer, the Supreme Court ruling on the Hart case from Newfoundland set the stage for new rules governing the stings. While it did not prevent their use, it did impose limits on when and how they could be used as confessions during stings can be unreliable.
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