The court hears arguments in case #28919, Ziad Arradi v. The Queen, on December 3, 2002.
Ziad Arradi was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and six counts of attempted murder. During his trial, he professed his innocence despite his own earlier statements to the contrary, which were made to a police informant while he was in prison. Mr. Arradi further claimed that details in his statements were based on information he had received from other individuals, but during his trial he refused to disclose their identities. Accordingly, the judge cited him for contempt of court in the presence of the jury, refused to postpone the proceeding, and sentenced him to three years’ imprisonment for contempt of court. Mr. Arradi was subsequently convicted on the murder and attempted murder charges. He appealed, arguing that his citation for contempt of court in the presence of the jury during his trial prejudiced the jurors. The Court of Appeal dismissed his appeal, a decision he is now appealing to the Supreme Court.
Lawyer Lori-Renée Weitzman presents arguments on behalf of the Crown. Lawyer Anne-Marie Lanctôt presents arguments on behalf of Mr. Arradi.