Kouri Keenan is a PhD student in the school of criminology at Simon Fraser University. Joan Brockman is a professor in the school of criminology at Simon Fraser University. She is the author of Gender in the Legal Profession: Fitting or Breaking the Mould and the coauthor of An Introduction to Canadian Criminal Procedure and Evidence. They both live in Vancouver, British Columbia.
MR. BIG is a secret undercover investigative technique where police pose as organized crime figures working for a very powerful boss. Chapter 1 introduces us to the origins of Mr. Big, the script, the secrecy and the prevalence of this practice.
Chapter 2 looks at false confessions and wrongful convictions. Showing evidence that false confessions occur frequently (page 48). Chapter 3 examines "Contacting and Grooming the Target to Elicit Confessions". Included in this chapter is money as a grooming tool.
Chapter 4 raises legal, moral and ethical issues. And chapter 5 talks about "Reining in Mr. Big" the authors conclude that Mr. Big "is a tool that should be curtailed or discontinued" (page 115). Here is the interesting part : there are three pages of cases where Mr. Big has been used (Appendix pages 119 to 121). That is some 84 cases.
The Library of Congress classification for this book is: HV 8080 .U5 K45 2010
Addendum of July 31, 2014. The Supreme Court of Canada has now outlined how Mr. Big confessions are to be dealt with in R. v. Hart, 2014 SCC 52.
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