CROWN WITHDRAWS GUN CHARGES RATHER THAN MEET DEMANDS FOR DISCLOSURE

A.E. was charged with a series of 24 counts stemming from the alleged unauthorized possession of four loaded, restricted firearms. 

The case hinged on information that a confidential informant had provided to a single officer. 

At the preliminary hearing,  Mr. Filiberto questioned the officer who was the confidential informant's primary handler at length about the reliability of the information that the informant had provided in the past, the circumstances surrounding the reception of the information that led to A.E.'s arrest, and the protocol to be followed by Peel Regional Police when dealing with confidential informants.

With the information garnered through this cross-examination, Mr. Filiberto had a basis to make certain demands on the Crown for disclosure concerning the confidential informant. 

On the morning of A.E. Superior Court jury trial, the Crown attorney told the presiding justice that he was having a disclosure problem and required a few days to decide how to proceed. 

Upon resuming the trial, the Crown attorney stood-up and announced he was withdrawing all of the charges against A.E. 

 

John Filiberto can be contacted at  (416) 598-5264 or Filiberto@Criminaltriallawyers.ca

 

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