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SCC Decision: February 29, 2008

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R. v. Ferguson, 2008 SCC 6
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(Criminal law / manslaughter / mandatory minimum sentence)
An RCMP officer shot and killed a detainee at an RCMP detachment. The officer was charged with second
?degree murder, but the jury convicted him of manslaughter. Relying on s. 12 of the Charter, the trial judge granted the accused a constitutional exemption from the mandatory minimum sentence of four?years, and sentenced him to two years less a day. The Court held that the trial judge erred in applying the constitutional exemption, and imposed the mandatory minimum sentence.
Majority/Concurring: 9/0