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THE TOP TEN LIST - What others were reading in JANUARY 2016

Clayton Johnson Clayton Johnson: Janice Johnson, 36, is found with fatal head injuries at the bottom of the basement stairs in her Shelburne, N.S. home. 1993-2001: Clayton Johnson, her husband, is convicted of bludgeoning her to death. A Texas pathologist who reviewed the original findings determined the woman died accidentally when she fell down the stairs backwards and struck her head. The federal justice minister, refered this case to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal which ordered a new murder trial for Clayton Johnson.
Gets $2.5M

John Schneeberger John Schneeberger has lost his Canadian citizenship. He is on parole after being convicted for drugging and sexually-assaulting two female patients in 1999. In 2003 a movie was made, "I Accuse", based on the crimes of Dr. John Schneeberger. He was deported to his South African homeland where he applied to the Health Professions Council.

Gordon Strowbridge Gordon Strowbridge confessed to killing Marie Dupe in Cape Breton. This article of is more of entrapment. The cops enticed him to join a criminal organization luring him with promises of money. They bought him new clothes, flattered him and showed him the extravagent life he could expect in their ranks. To accomplish this he must pass some tests. He has to have committed a murder. Police use this to showcase the "Mr. Big" sting. It's a crapshoot; about credibility. Sometimes they go wrong and someone pays and that someone is innocent. Read it and see who.

Michael Cardamone Michael Cardamone: is charged in 2002 with molesting young girls at his family's gym. At pretrial, a psychologist testifies his case is an example of children developing false memories through "suggestive" interviews but the testimony is not admitted at trial. Judge says he is "a systematic and serial child molester". He gets 20 years. In 2008 a Court overturns the conviction and orders a new trial. He gets a $55K bail. In 2012, in a case started for sexual abuse, both sides agree to "inappropriately touching, not sexually motivated". He takes a plea and gets time served.

Robert Mailman Robert Mailman and Walter Gillespie were sentenced to life largely on testimony of a 16-year old who now admits he lied, claiming pressure by police and was paid "living allowance" in the weeks leading to the trial. A second witness agreed to testify against them after the murder charge against her was dropped on the eve of trial. The first trial ended in a hung jury. Both had an alibi putting them elsewhere around the time the victim was killed. Information favourable to the accused was not disclosed. Detectives admit acting only on "suspicion" and had no "concrete" evidence. A senior detective who worked closely on the case says other detectives were "a little bit overzealous".

Karla Homolka Just before Christmas, 2001, when no one was paying attention, the infamous videotapes depicting sex killer Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka's vicious rape and torture of schoolgirls Kristen French and Leslie Mahaffy were incinerated by court order. Future historians will have to speculate about just how demented Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka really were. An exercise kind of like speculating on how awful Auschwitz was. Except to holocaust deniers like Ernst Zundel, we can point to the evidence.

Greg Parsons Greg Parsons: Catherine Carroll is killed in her St. John's Newfoundland home in 1991. Greg Parsons, her son, is convicted of murder in 1994. Parsons was exonerated by DNA evidence and formally acquitted in 1998. A childhood friend of Gregory Parsons, Brian Doyle, was later charged with murder. Doyle was sentenced to life in prison. Gregory Parsons gets a compensation of $1.3M

Brenton Butler Brenton Butler: "Murder on a Sunday Morning", the winner for Best Documentary at the 2002 Academy Award ceremony, premiered on HBO. It recounts the trial of Brenton Butler, a 15-year-old Jacksonville resident who had been falsely accused of murdering a white tourist during a robbery. He had no gunshot residue on his hands. His fingerprints were not on the woman's purse which was stolen during the shooting. The $91 he had on him was from honest work at Burger King. Butler testified that police detectives beat a confession out of him. Settles for $775K.

Guy Paul Morin Guy-Paul Morin: The body of Christine Jessop, 9, is found in a farmer's field. 1985-92: Mr. Morin is arrested, tried, acquitted, tried again and convicted of murder by a prosecutor who is now a judge. 1995: He is cleared and offered compensation of $1.25M after DNA testing excludes him as the source of semen found on the child's underwear. An inquiry slams the investigation. The final report says mistakes by forensic scientists, police and prosecutors all combined to send an innocent man to jail. Morin is the best known wrongly convicted person exonerated in Canada.

Pine Grove Correctional Centre Pine Grove Correctional Centre: Sonia Keepness was found dead in 2002. Some inmates on the methadone program would get the drug in liquid form from a nurse at the jail clinic, drink it, then vomit their stomach contents into containers. The potent pain-relieving drug, is used as a substitute for morphine or heroin. The vomit would then be given to other inmates in return for certain favours.


Jason Dix Jason Dix was entrapped by an RCMP "Mr. Big" sting. He spent nearly two years in jail on murder charges that were later dismissed. Dix won a lawsuit, $756K, against the RCMP and Crown lawyers for malicious prosecution, false imprisonment and breach of rights. Justice Ritter wrote "The defendants [police, prosecutor] are, quite simply, legally cloaked in malice" using tactics the judge called "dangerous", "deplorable" and "reprehensible".

John Patrick McCreary John Patrick McCreary: was convicted, in a second trial, of murdering his cousin and her boyfriend, and sentenced to life in prison without parole for 25 years. At least two jurors with concerns about "reasonable doubt" led to a hung jury in the first trial. Jefferson Circuit Judge Steve Mershon rejected claims from McCreary's family that a 911 emergency call recording exonerates him. During the trial, a 911 operator said she heard the dying victim identify McCreary as the shooter by name and by saying "my cousin". His family maintains that when the 911 recording is played at a slower speed, the victim actually names another cousin.

Peter Reilly In 1973, Peter Reilly found his mother's severely battered body on the floor of their cottage in Canaan, CN. Police immediately found his demeanor odd, and whisked him away. A failed polygraph examination solidified investigators' belief that he attacked his mother, and used the findings as a hammer during an 8-hour interrogation. A jury convicted him of first-degree manslaughter in 1974. He was exonerated after it was disclosed prosecutors improperly withheld an auxiliary trooper's statement which placed him far from the crime scene at about the time of the murder. A judge concluded "a grave injustice" had been committed and vacated the conviction with prejudice, meaning Reilly could never be retried for the still unsolved crime.

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