Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Jaffer "Wrist Slap"

Was a bungled strip-search at the bottom of the lenient, $500 fine received by the former Conservative MP?

Calgary Herald reports:

Charged with impaired driving, possession of cocaine and speeding, he received what even the judge in the case conceded was a "break" -- a $500 fine for a careless driving plea, with the more serious charges dropped. Jaffer, 38, was pulled over for allegedly driving 43 km/h over the speed limit in Ontario last fall.
...According to reports, the more serious charges against Jaffer were dropped because a rookie police officer failed to follow proper procedures during a strip search of the former politician. Prosecutors apparently felt the evidence would be open to a challenge under the Charter of Rights.

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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