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Use of 'inadmissible evidence of conduct' leads to new trial, acquittal

Monday, April 24, 2017 @ 2:20 PM | By Amanda Jerome

Heather PringleThe Ontario Court of Appeal, in an April 19 decision, found that a trial judge's use of "inadmissible evidence of conduct" in a drug trafficking case gave "rise to serious concerns about both moral and reasoning prejudice.” The court ordered a new trial for one appellant and acquitted the other appellant.

Ronald Joseph Pilgrim and Tammy Lynn Parent of Windsor, Ont., common law spouses, were convicted of two counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and one count of simple...