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Mr. Big: Exposing Undercover Investigations in Canada
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Mr. Big: Exposing Undercover Investigations in Canada (Paperback)

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After surveying more than 80 cases in which a confession was accepted as evidence in a "Mr. Big" organized crime sting, these legal experts suggest changes in undercover police practices in Canada. "Mr. Big" in these cases is a policeman posing as a criminal kingpin in order to coerce a confession from a suspect, but this study finds that this ruse is most successful when the suspect is from a marginalized group. In addition, police officers sometimes commit criminal offences while undercover--or they fake criminal behavior during the course of the sting--and the pretend 'interrogations' are not bounded by normal interview standards. On these grounds, the authors propose that this practice be drastically curtailed.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCrime & criminology Publisher: Fernwood Publishing Co Ltd Publication Date: 17/02/2011 ISBN-13: 9781552663769  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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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.

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