Supreme Court Appeal Sought in Ryan Case

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service will be seeking a Supreme Court of Canada appeal in the case of Nicole Ryan, a Digby woman accused of attempting to hire a man to kill her husband. Ms. Ryan was arrested in March 2008, and was tried in Nova Scotia Supreme Court on a charge of counseling another person to commit murder. She was acquitted in March 2010, after presenting a defence of duress. The Crown appealed the decision to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. In a unanimous decision on March 29, 2011, the Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal. An appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada would be based on errors in law relating to the defence of duress and resulting confusion between the defences of duress and self-defence. “These are significant legal issues of public importance which the Crown wishes the Supreme Court of Canada to consider,” said Martin Herschorn, director of public prosecutions. The Public Prosecution Service will be filing its notice of application for appeal with the Supreme Court of Canada within the week.last_img read more