Extradition process to U.S. must change: McKay
Canadian extradition law is badly tilted in favour of prosecutors, and Canadians facing criminal charges in the United States are being forced into plea bargains because of the absence of disclosure and the cost of retaining U.S. counsel, says Calgary criminal lawyer Ian McKay.
“A large number of wrongful convictions have occurred," says McKay, principal of McKay Criminal Defence LLP.
"What we’re finding is that when people are extradited, they are going down there to do a plea deal because you don’t know what cards they hold and it’s extremely expensive to litigate matters in the U.S., especially when defence lawyers are going in blind and they have to react,” he says.
Most of the extradition requests Canada receives come from the U.S. and are related to drug offences, crimes of violence or fraud, McKay says.
Read full article here - August 24th, 2018 (AdvocateDaily.com)
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