Supreme Court Rule: Sniffer Dogs Unconstitutional
Barry Artiste, Now Public Contributor
The Supreme Court ruling that Police using Sniffer Dogs to sniff out weapons, drugs, and bombs for that matter as unconstitutional and against an individuals rights.
This pretty much will stamp us permanently as "Nancy State Canada" to every Criminal and Terrorist Element the World over, knowing that if caught by a Police Sniffer Dog, they could "Scream their Rights were Violated" and have a " Supreme Court Justice throw out all charges" releasing the accused back into society to do it all over again.
The next time, the criminal or terrorist may be successful on a second attempt.
Now this is something I know a bit about, random searches without just cause may contravene a persons rights, but searches of any kind are random. Lawyers will jump at the chance to get their clients off Scott Free on this technicality regardless if Random or Not.
Unfortunately we live in World on ever increasing Criminality and Terrorism, which result in "Drastic Measures for Drastic Times."
Some opponents charge, we are becoming an "Orwellian Police State", well with CCTV's, Surveillance Technology, Drug Barons, Gangland Hits on innocent civilians, terrorist acts on our doorstep, we already have.
A Police State more so, because as a "Nancy State", our inept Justice System allows Criminals and Terrorists free reign to hold us hostage in a Justice System which practises a "Revolving Door Catch and Release Criminals" as fast as Police arrest them.
As for a Public comprised of Law Abiding Citizens who voted on a Government to protect us against those who wish to do us harm? Well we are pretty much left on our own.
Victims Rights? What's That?
Seems it is only going to get worse than better when Governments throw cash at a Police System who do their job admirably, but are constantly stonewalled in their attempts, by a "Justice Systems Constant Failure" to recognize the "Big Criminal World Picture".
Supreme Court could put a muzzle on sniffer dogsJanice Tibbetts, Canwest News ServicePublished: Thursday, April 24, 2008
OTTAWA - A case that started with a dog named Chief trying to sniff out drugs at an Ontario high school culminates in a Supreme Court of Canada ruling today on whether police can use scent-tracking canines for random searches in public places, including schools, parks, malls, airports and bus terminals.
At issue in the Supreme Court is whether sniffer dogs are an invasion of privacy that amount to unreasonable search and seizure under the Charter of Rights. The court will hand down rulings in two separate cases that have sparked enormous commentary and speculation in legal circles in the absence of any clear Canadian law.