Even though the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruled against the appeal of a man convicted of internet child luring after corresponding with an undercover officer he thought was a 14-year-old girl, police forces should not automatically assume that all future clandestine online operations will withstand judicial scrutiny, says Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb.
The past relationship between the complainant and the accused cannot be introduced as evidence in sexual assault cases unless it is clearly shown to be relevant, says Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb.
“There’s a very common saying that context is everything,” says Webb, principal of Melanie J. Webb Barrister. “Well, sometimes context is not sufficient, especially if you are dealing with an s. 276 application.”
A report on a Toronto laboratory’s discredited alcohol- and drug-testing process shows how important it is for child-protection lawyers to closely examine, and, where necessary, challenge scientific evidence, Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb tells AdvocateDaily.com.