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Acquittal of alleged mobsters due to improper wiretap a lesson for police

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 @ 1:42 PM | By Luis Millan

Two alleged Montreal Mafia leaders were acquitted of gangsterism and drug trafficking charges after the Quebec Superior Court excluded wiretap evidence gathered by a joint police task force because they failed to put in place sufficient measures to prevent the interception of conversations between lawyers and clients.

In a ruling that will almost “certainly” be used by Quebec police forces as a wiretap procedural guideline, Superior Court Justice Éric Downs provided guidance on electronic surveillance, castigated police for failing to do enough to protect solicitor-client privilege...