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Checking on child welfare does not permit warrantless police searches, Appeal Court rules

Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 9:19 AM | By Terry Davidson

A Saskatchewan appeal decision upholding exclusion of evidence “affirmed old bedrock principles” that police cannot use child protection as “carte blanche to invade people’s privacy,” said the lawyer of a mother acquitted of drug and gun charges.

The April 5 Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan decision in R. v. McMahon 2018 SKCA 26 can be traced back to November 2013, when Cpl. Reilly Knock with the RCMP’s Big River detachment received a tip that the children of one Marcia McMahon were enduring poor living conditions and...