News:> Secret jury probe detailed personal lives
- An interesting followup to the scandal in Ontario where police conducted
secret background checks on jurors. The info dug up was not restricted to
whether the juror had a criminal record, but included lots of personal info
-- drinking habits, spats with neighbors, even mental health info.
From National Post
June 6, 2009
Secret Jury Lists Note Drinkers, Whiners
Practice Banned; Ontario Judge Releases Police checks on Jurors
By Shannon Kari
It appears that no personal detail was too small for police forces in the
central Ontario region of Simcoe County when conducting secret background
checks of potential jurors on behalf of the prosecution.
"Calls a lot for minor complaints," said the notation next to one person
on a list of those ordered this spring to perform their civic duty.
"Neighbour shot his cat," was the handwritten note about a potential juror. "Dad is
a drinker," said another notation. ...
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