New trial ordered after Crown’s ‘deliberate ploy’ to influence witness deemed improper

The Ontario court of Appeal has set aside a possession of guns and drugs conviction after finding the Crown used inappropriate tactics to question a defence witness. 
James Lockyer says in his experience, ‘there’s a significant problem with Crown attorneys going outside the rules of prosecution.’During a break from cross-examining a key defence witness, the Crown attorney made a long distance call in the courtroom to verify the witness’s claim with her family member in India, a man named Parminder. The call was placed on speakerphone, and the family member could be heard contradicting the witness’s evidence.
“Crown …
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