People accused of crimes sometimes convict themselves. It happens more often than you’d expect, in part, because police in most jurisdictions have become adept at exploiting a legal principle that allows them to slyly gather incriminating information. We now know this is one of the reasons that a judge convicted a Toronto, Ontario, firefighter on child pornography charges, because of the recent release of this decision in the case and this judgment. Scott Connor’s (inset) trial in June 2009 ended abruptly when the judge said she didn’t even have to hear the closing argument from the prosecutor – she was convinced Connor was guilty.
CBC did great work, breaking this story, by ferreting out the background document filed by investigators in order to get a search warrant for Catholic Bishop Raymond Lahey’s (above) computer and other digital devices.
Is the arrest of alleged super-pornographer Arthur Lelland Sayler (above) a big break, the kind that North American cyber crime investigators hope for? Sayler, a Canadian living in Tijuana, Mexico, was arrested at his home with 4 million graphic images and videos of children engaged in sex acts.
Police wage a constant public relations battle, in part, to convince citizens, politicians and bad guys that they’re winning the war on crime, even when they know, in their hearts, that they’re laggards who’ll never snare most evildoers. Give the OPP credit for creativity with a release (read doc after the jump) issued today about arrests on child pornography charges.