12/17/2014 01:16 EST | Updated 02/16/2015 05:59 EST

Montreal police officer Mario Lambert gets conviction overturned

A Montreal police investigator found guilty of passing confidential police records onto sources has had his conviction overturned by the Quebec Court of Appeal.

Mario Lambert was convicted in May 2012 on three counts of fraudulently sharing police information.

The court reversed that verdict today,citing problems with the evidence put forward by the prosecution. 

Such a decision technically orders a new trial, but that won't happen because the Crown says it doesn't have enough proof.

Lambert, a highly respected investigator, was suspended without pay after his indictment in 2009 and was let go by police at the end of his trial in 2012.