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Polar bear case raises jurisdictional issues

Thursday, July 07, 2016 @ 8:00 PM | By John Schofield

A Labrador man who was charged with illegally killing a polar bear in 2012 was justified by the defence of due diligence, even though the trial judge who originally acquitted him made numerous errors, the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal has ruled.

“In the circumstances of this case, Mr. Turnbull acted reasonably and with due diligence to protect his family,” Appeal Court Justice Malcolm Rowe wrote for the three-judge panel in a unanimous, June 6 decision in R. v. Turnbull 2016 NLCA 25. “It is...