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CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES - Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms - Legal rights - Protection against unreasonable search and seizure

Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 7:15 AM  

Appeal by the accused, Beairsto, from a conviction for trafficking cocaine. Police investigated another individual, Ahmed, for drug trafficking. In the course of Ahmed's arrest, police seized his cell phone. The phone was not locked or password-protected. It was open to a messenger chat function featuring a conversation indicative of drug trafficking that was subsequently established as involving Ahmed and the accused. In the course of downloading the text conversation, the investigating officer was added as a party to the chat. The officer portrayed himself as...