Crown breached privacy rights of potential jurors
Toronto criminal lawyer Peter Thorning tells the Globe and Mail that the Crown unfairly probed into the backgrounds of potential jurors in a Barrie murder trial, sifting through private information including background on mental health, driving records and CIPIC details. Read Story in Globe and Mail
“Two hundred and eighty people had their privacy rights breached because the Crown wanted to form a jury that was to their liking,” Thorning, a partner at Brauti Thorning Zibarras, tells the Globe.
He adds in the interview: “The Crown used the resources of the state to get all this background information, they didn’t share it with the defence, and they used it to cull people without having to demonstrate that they were partial.”