Public’s right to know versus accused’s right to a fair trial in McArthur case

Media outlets received another legal victory in the battle between police and the news media in the Bruce McArthur case.

Journalists asked for the warrants executed in the investigation of the alleged serial killer to be unsealed. There were 88 warrants in total.

How the process works is that police will go before a judge and present documents called Information to Obtain a Search Warrant in order to execute parts of their investigation.

Some of those documents were unsealed in June, and last week, media were able to access the rest after an Ontario Court of Justice judge unsealed them, although much was heavily redacted.

In an interview I did with a criminal lawyer, I explore this issue.

Of course the lawyer, Ian McKay, believes unsealing the warrants makes it difficult for the accused to get a fair trial.

As a former prosecutor though, he although explains why he feels its important to let police do their work without exposing some of their tactics.

Have a read of my story here:

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