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Former Ontario official to review Nova Scotia justice system in Rehtaeh Parsons case

Rehtaeh Parsons is shown in a handout photo from the Facebook tribute page “Angel Rehtaeh.”


A former Ontario prosecutor and civil servant has been appointed by the Nova Scotia government to conduct an independent review of the handling of the Rehtaeh Parsons case by police and the provincial Public Prosecution Service.

Murray Segal has been asked to make recommendations to improve the justice system and consider the impact technology is having on young people and their families, as well as their interaction with the justice system and police.

Segal was deputy attorney general and the chief prosecutor in Ontario with more than 30 years experience as a lawyer, consultant, mediator and government adviser.

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Parsons was 17 when she was taken off life-support following a suicide attempt in April.

Her family says the Halifax teen was bullied for months after a digital photo of her allegedly being sexually assaulted was passed around her school.

Two 18-year-old men are due in court Thursday to face child pornography-related charges after they were arrested last week.

The charges came a day after a new law took effect in the province that allows people to sue if they or their children are being cyberbullied.

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