Supreme Court rules Mr. Big operations problematic

The Supreme Court of Canada is pictured in this Oct. 10, 2013 file photo. (Tony Caldwell/QMI Agency)

The Supreme Court of Canada is pictured in this Oct. 10, 2013 file photo. (Tony Caldwell/QMI Agency)

Jessica Hume, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 1:10 PM ET

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court says so-called Mr. Big operations — sting operations in which cops pose as gangsters to try to coax confessions — are too likely to produce prejudicial results and need to be further regulated.

For that reason, the court ordered a retrial for Nelson Hart of Newfoundland, who was convicted of murdering his twin three-year-old daughters in 2002.

In 2012, the Newfoundland court of appeal ruled Hart's confession was inadmissible because of problems with the Mr. Big operation that was used to secure a confession.

 


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