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Improper jury charge on circumstantial evidence leads to new trial for lovers caught talking murder

Friday, August 17, 2018 @ 1:35 PM | By Terry Davidson

Juries of criminal trials must be properly instructed on the complexities of conspiracy and circumstantial evidence, say lawyers after a Saskatchewan court ordered a new trial for cheating lovers caught talking about killing their spouses.

Recorded talk of murder versus the actual intent to carry it out was the nexus of the Aug. 8 Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan decision in R. v. Nicholson 2018 SKCA 62, a bizarre case bringing into question the conviction of Curtis Vey and his lover, Angela Nicholson.

According to the written...