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PROCEDURE - Jury - Challenge for cause - Jurors - Discharge of

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 @ 8:46 AM  

Appeal by the accused from conviction for first degree murder. The victim’s nephew had orchestrated the murder. The appellant had acted as the middle man and hired a close friend to carry out the killing. The murder had generated a great deal of publicity before trial which raised a concern about the impartiality of prospective jurors. Both the Crown and the defence were permitted to challenge prospective jurors for cause based on pre-trial publicity. The trial judge told counsel he intended to use static triers. Defence...