Linden MacIntyre takes you inside “The Interrogation Room” with disturbing police videotapes that reveal an investigation gone terribly wrong. In a Fifth Estate exclusive, find out how Peel Regional Police used a controversial method called the Reid Technique to convince, not suspects, but several murder witnesses, that they had not seen what they thought they had. Witnesses were berated, threatened and held for hours until they told police what they wanted to hear. We show you these tapes and exactly how the police built an entire case that sent an innocent man, Eric ‘Action’ Morgan, to prison for more than three years, charged with homicide.
Also available on DVD at HV6626.23 C3 V34 2006 DVD LAW. Life with Billie: This program reports on events leading up to the murder of Billy Stafford, a cruel and sadistic husband who brutalized his wife and children for years. When Jane Stafford shot her husband while he slept, she was arrested and offered a plea of manslaughter. Through interviews with Jane, her lawyers, citizens, and the police, we follow this case to its precedent-setting conclusion.
Life after Billie: Jane Stafford’s trial in Nova Scotia received national attention. For the first time in Canadian history the battered wife syndrome was used as a defense for murder. In mid-February 1992, Jane died as a result of a gunshot wound, which the coroner reported as probable suicide. Those closest to Jane Stafford do not believe she took her own life.
Illegal in many other countries, including the U.S., the RCMP’s “Mr. Big sting” has recently had serious limits imposed by the Supreme Court of Canada. Cops get murder suspects to confess by posing as a criminal gang, befriending suspects and gaining their trust through odd jobs and payment. Eventually, suspects meet the crime boss, “Mr. Big”, who says he can help them with any charges they have — but only if they confess first. The creator of Mr. Big, who acted as the crime boss in dozens of stings, appears on camera for the first time to defend his technique while top defence attorney Marie Henein raises concerns about the RCMP’s methods.
When a brutal crime is committed who is ultimately to blame – the perpetrator or their brain? Neuroscientists are generating ground breaking research that sheds light on why some people can’t stop themselves from committing harmful or criminal acts. This is creating new challenges for the justice system and making us re-evaluate the way we sentence, punish and rehabilitate people for criminal behaviour. Featuring lead scientist David Eagleman, Director of the Center for Science and Law and author of international best-selling books Incognito and The Brain, this documentary challenges our most fundamental beliefs about crime, punishment and free will.
In this program, a variety of legal experts take us through pretrial and trial procedures, pointing out along the way the differences between adult and juvenile proceedings. Judges and lawyers navigate us through the pretrial process, beginning with the establishment of probable cause and formal charging by grand jury or preliminary hearing. Indictment, pretrial release, bail, and arraignment are also discussed. The entire courtroom process is explored from plea bargaining and trial by jury to the adversary system of direct examination, cross-examination, and rebuttal. Such concepts as an alibi, burden of proof, and reasonable doubt are clearly explained. Finally, the panel of experts comments on a sentencing hearing and punishment, along with the defendant's constitutional right to appeal.
When a person charged with a crime is set free because of a legal "technicality," some people feel that the rights of the accused are being given greater weight than the rights of society and victims of crime. At the basis this discussion are the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendments of the Constitution-amendments that specifically address the rights of criminal defendants.