National Post

Judge strikes down cyberbully­ing law inspired by case of Rehtaeh Parsons

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Nova Scotia lawyer David Fraser challenged the Cyber- safety Act on constituti­onal grounds as part of a case involving client Robert Snell, who was placed under a cyber safety protection order sought by his former business partner last December. Giles Crouch claimed Snell began a “smear campaign” against him on social media several months after the two wound down their company in 2013. In a ruling Friday, Judge Glen McDougall struck down the law, voiding the protection order. “By casting the net too broadly, and failing to require proof of intent or harm, or to delineate any defences, the act limits the right to liberty in a way that has no connection with the mischief it seeks to address,” the ruling says.

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