Saturday, April 12, 2008

Another case of expediency over principles...

Toronto Police Chief Calls For Forced DNA Samples before a conviction (
The problem, Blair says, is the delay between arrest and trial. He said it can take up to three years to secure a conviction, in which time the accused could commit more crimes.
But didn't I read somewhere about a presumption of innocence?

And isn't there something in our wimpy Charter of Rights and Freedoms about the right not to be compelled to be a witness in proceedings against that person in respect of the offence.

My thinking is that The Police Chief's brainstorm would run counter to Section 13 of the Charter as well if the DNA evidence was used to support another case.

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