A Saskatoon police officer, Const. Steve Nelson, convicted of obstruction in 2012 after he threw away a witness statement, will be getting a new trial. During sentencing last year, Judge Hugh Harradence called the witness statement “a critical piece of evidence,” and both officers admitted tossing the statement “would be highly inappropriate.” However, the court of appeal has ordered a new trial. It said the crown had to prove the officers intended to obstruct justice above and beyond making a mistake. “A simple error of judgment or an inadequate exercise of discretion does not constitute the requisite for the criminal offence of obstructing justice,” read the appeal decision. A date for the new trial has not been set.
An alleged serial killer told his sister there was a dead man in his bedroom, a court has heard. Stephen Port, 41, is accused of murdering four men with lethal doses of drugs after luring […]
Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal has dismissed a challenge to a controversial pipeline expansion, a victory for the beleaguered project. The court says the federal government held “adequate and meaningful” consultations with indigenous peoples, as […]
Canada’s top police organisation has charged one of its senior officials with violating national security laws. Cameron Ortis, a civilian member of the RCMP, is accused of breaching the Security of Information Act and the […]