Nova Scotia woman hires hitman to murder ex-husband...gets off without a criminal record

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    Jan 22, 2013 6:23 PM GMT
    Supreme Court grants stay to abused Nova Scotia woman who tried to hire hit man
    http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/01/18/supreme-court-to-give-landmark-ruling-on-nicole-ryan-abused-nova-scotia-woman-who-tried-to-hire-hit-man-to-kill-husband/

    In an “exceptional” move, the Supreme Court of Canada on Friday overturned the acquittal of a woman who tried to hire a hitman to kill her abusive husband but said she will not have to face another trial.

    All the judges said they did not accept the woman’s claim that she had acted under extreme duress when she attempted to take out a contract on her husband’s life. Such a defence can only be used in limited circumstances, the court said.

    But a majority of judges ordered a rare stay of proceedings, saying that it would be unfair to put the woman through another trial.

    “The abuse she suffered and the protracted nature of these proceeding(s) have taken an enormous toll on her,” the judges wrote.



    See the husband in the Nova Scotia hitman case deny allegations he pursued a ‘reign of terror’ against his wife
    http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/01/21/nicole-ryan-michael-ryan/

    “The trial judge had no difficulty in concluding that Mr. Ryan was a manipulative, controlling and abusive husband who sought to control the actions of the respondent, be they social, familial or marital,” reads the Supreme Court decision.

    ...
    In his video address, Mr. Ryan noted that he was not called to testify, adding that he spent the entire trial in the court parking lot waiting to testify.



    The Supreme Court can conclude all that about this man without any evidence other than his ex-wife's word? Surely if this woman claims that she "...called the RCMP nine times, victim’s services 11 times and 911 once", then there would be ample police records and evidence to prove it. But to our knowledge, none has been presented. Combine that with the fact that this guy was not allowed to testify in his own defense? dafuq? o_O

    This whole trial stinks.

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    Jan 22, 2013 6:35 PM GMT
    Actually, did the court not OVERTURN a lower court reversal of her conviction? But then placed a stay on that conviction, and said it was up to prosecutors to try her again?

    "In an “exceptional” move, the Supreme Court of Canada on Friday overturned the acquittal of a woman who tried to hire a hitman to kill her abusive husband but said she will not have to face another trial."

    It's not clear how the court decided she was an abused woman. With the minimal information provided in these articles, I don't know whose stories to believe. I believe I read in yet another story that the court was aware of her multiple attempts to report her abusive husband to the RCMP, but they ignored her. Hence it would be technically correct that he hadn't been previously charged with abuse, but not because he hadn't been abusive.

    And I'm not sure about the wife not having a criminal record as a result of this. The court upheld her conviction, but in a move confusing to those in the US, placed it under a stay, meaning nothing will be done about it. But it seems she's still convicted, and wouldn't that generate a criminal record?