Canadian court: you have the right to google a lawyer

Michael Geist sez, "Hollywood crime dramas are infamous for the scene when an accused is taken to a local police station and permitted a single phone call to contact a relative or lawyer. While the storyline is myth - there is no limit on the number of phone calls available to an accused or detainee - a recent Alberta case established a new, real requirement for law enforcement. After a 19-year old struggled to find a lawyer using the telephone, the court ruled that police must provide an accused with Internet access in order to exercise their right to counsel.


  1. My smartphone only carries the name phone for strictly commerative purposes.  The only thing I call on a regular basis is an automated checkin system for work, which could be done better with SMS.  This is one small step to catch up.

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