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Court says man should not have been placed in psychiatric unit because of tweets

Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 3:48 PM | By Tom Venetis

The Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal upheld an appeal on April 13 against a trial judge’s decision declining to exercise his jurisdiction to hear a habeas corpus application of a man who was held involuntarily at a psychiatric hospital over a series of angry tweets he sent out about a police shooting.

The matter has now been remitted to the Supreme Court's Trial Division.

On April 7, 2015, Andrew Abbass was detained and taken to the psychiatric unit at Western Memorial Hospital...