Friday, April 14, 2006

Justice served in Canada

This is cheering. A Canadian judge threw out a grow op charge on the grounds the evidence was illegally obtained. The judge ruled the installation of a device to measure electricity usage in the absence of credible evidence to do so, violated the defendants' right to privacy. This is a huge decision since the police have used it over 400 times to bust growers and especially heartening since the defendants were Oriental - a population profiled as a criminal class in Canada.

I'm betting this one will go to their Supreme Court since the police won't want to give up the practice and I would think this decision effectively prevents them from using it.

[hat tip to Tim Meehan]


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