Top court to rule on woman who hired hit man

The Supreme Court of Canada is seen in Ottawa Dec 12, 2012. (ANDRE FORGET/QMI Agency)

The Supreme Court of Canada is seen in Ottawa Dec 12, 2012. (ANDRE FORGET/QMI Agency)

Jessica Murphy, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 5:33 PM ET

OTTAWA - OTTAWA - Canada's top court will rule Friday on the case of a battered woman who hired a hit man to kill her abusive estranged husband after police ignored her pleas for help.

In 2008, Nicole Ryan, a Nova Scotia high school teacher who'd endured some 15 years of abuse, attempted to pay a contract killer $25,000 to knock off her husband.

The "hit man" was an undercover RCMP officer.


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