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Case highlights issues of Charter, joint probes

Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 7:00 PM | By Kim Arnott

A British Columbia drug conviction case being appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada highlights the challenging issues related to Charter rights and joint police investigations with foreign jurisdictions, experts say.

In R. v. Mehan 2017 BCCA 21, B.C.’s top court found that Canadian authorities didn’t require authorization to receive and view e-mails between two Vancouver-area men because the exchanges were initially legally intercepted by American authorities.

The Court of Appeal accepted a lower court ruling that the e-mail exchanges, captured by the Drug Enforcement Agency...