R. V. Sharpe Case Summary

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Greetings Class MGT3010 Below is summary material of the Supreme Court of Canada in the R. v. Sharpe case. The full decision can be obtained by logging into http://scc.lexum.umontreal.ca/en/2001/2001scc2/2001scc2.html Note below (p.4) in bold type the two exceptions allowed by the majority decision of the Supreme Court. You will note too that I was wrong in indicating that empirical evidence is needed to justify certain charges. The Supreme Court accepted that a priori (inferential evidence could be enough to establish the social evil created by portrayal of unlawful activity. I agree with that position. Note however the two exceptions. If you are interested in pursuing this issue, you may find the bibliography useful. Thank you…show more content…
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A Digest of the Criminal Law (indictable offences), 9th ed. By Sir Lewis Frederick Sturge. London: Sweet & Maxwell, 1950. Sugunasiri, Shalin M. “Contextualism: The Supreme Court’s New Standard of Judicial Analysis and Accountability” (1999), 22 Dalhousie L.J. 126. Sullivan, Ruth. Statutory Interpretation. Concord, Ont.: Irwin Law, 1997. United Nations. Commission on Human Rights. Programme of Action for the Prevention of the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography, 55th Mtg., 1992/74. United Nations. General Assembly. Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography: Note by the Secretary-General, U.N. Doc. A/49/478 (1994). Watson, Jack. “Case Comment: R. v. Sharpe” (1999), 10 N.J.C.L. 251. APPEAL from a judgment of the British Columbia Court of Appeal (1999), 136 C.C.C. (3d) 97, 127 B.C.A.C. 76, 207 W.A.C. 76, 175 D.L.R. (4th) 1, 25 C.R. (5th) 215, 69 B.C.L.R. (3d) 234, [2000] 1 W.W.R. 241, [1999] B.C.J. No. 1555 (QL), 1999 BCCA 416, dismissing a Crown appeal from a decision of the British Columbia Supreme Court (1999), 22 C.R. (5th) 129, 169 D.L.R. (4th) 536, [1999] B.C.J. No. 54 (QL), declaring void s. 163.1(4) of the Criminal Code. Appeal
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