The court hears arguments in case #27376, The Queen v. John Robin Sharpe, on January 18, 2001.
The court is being asked to decide whether the possession of child pornography is constitutionally protected as a form of expression in Canada. The case arose as a result of the British Columbia Court of Appeal’s acquittal of John Robin Sharpe of child pornography possession charges because the court deemed charges for simple possession of such material to be unjustifiable under the Constitution.
Patricia Jackson presents arguments on behalf of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, an intervener in the case. Frank Addario presents arguments on behalf of the Criminal Lawyers Association, an intervener. John Gordon presents arguments on behalf of the Crown.