Publication ban on Wettlaufer search warrant challenged – Windsor

An Ontario judge will decide whether to make the details public of why police arrested and charged former nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer with multiple counts of first degree and attempted murder.

Postmedia is fighting to lift a ban on search warrant information including a summary of an interview with the former nurse’s psychatrist that may describe her alleged confession, as well as interviews with former nursing home employers and a friend of Wettlaufer. 

Arguing in a Woodstock courtroom on Monday, lawyer Brendan Hughes said the public has the right to scrutinize the way police carried out the early stages of the investigation, and that redacting the documents is not justified. 

“I submit that the documents should be unsealed unless you find the redactions predjudicial,” Hughes told Ontario superior court judge Thomas Heeney.

Heeney must weigh whether information blacked out on dozens of pages could compromise Wettlaufer’s right to a fair trial, if it contains…

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