The Supreme Court of Canada will hear seven appeals this week. Today’s two appeals were companion cases involving perjury charges against two RCMP officers in the tasering death of a Polish visitor, and the SCC has now dismissed both appeals. Two Quebec cases concern women’s pay equity, the CBC is appealing an injunction, and, finally, a former Harper aide will have his day in court to appeal his conviction of influence peddling.
October 30 – British Columbia – Robinson v. R.
Criminal law: Following a public inquiry into the death of Robert Dziekanski, a visitor from Poland who was tasered by RCMP officers at the Vancouver International Airport and who was pronounced dead shortly thereafter, the applicant, along with three other RCMP officers involved in the incident, were charged with perjury and tried in the Supreme Court of British Columbia. The applicant and another officer were convicted. The applicant appealed, arguing that the verdict was unreasonable and that a miscarriage of justice had occurred because the trial judge misapprehended certain evidence. A majority of the Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal.