Friday, October 8, 2010
This is Canada::: No lawyers allowed during police interrogations
The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that an accused does not have a right to be accompanied by a lawyer during a police interrogation.
The latter right is well established in the US but the majority judges argued that Canada is not the US. They actually argued that Canadian police are not like US police so Canadian accused do not need the same protections.
What do police need to do during their interrogations that a lawyer cannot be present?
This is Canada.
The level of corporate fascism is so advanced that a majority of the judges don't see a problem here.
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3 cases were brought before the Supreme Court (2 from BC, 1 from Manitoba).
Trent Terrence Sinclair from BC stated 5 times during the 5-hour long interrogation that he wants his lawyer present. Sinclair eventually implicated himself in the death of Garry Grice.
The other 2 cases are from Donald Russell McCrimmon (BC) and Stanley James Willier (Alberta).
However, the court did also say that the ruling is effective only for accused that willingly participate in the interrogation; the police do not have the power to force an accused to participate in the interrogation.
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