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Speaking out on the right to remain silent

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 @ 8:39 AM | By Timothy Moore

The Supreme Court’s majority decision in R. v. Singh 2007 SCC 48 concerned a suspect’s s. 7 Charter right to silence and whether the person made a meaningful choice. Singh was a detained murder suspect. During his police interrogation, he asserted his right to remain silent 18 times before ultimately making some inculpatory statements. Despite defence objections, the statements were deemed admissible.  

Critics have argued that the decision undermines the right to silence because the detainee’s continual declarations of his right to silence were an...