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David Milgaard [died May 15, 2022 at age 69]: The partly clad body of nursing aide Gail Miller, 20, is found in a Saskatoon snowbank. 1970: Milgaard is sentenced to life in prison for murder. 1992: The Supreme Court of Canada recommends a new trial after hearing evidence of a series of rapes committed in Saskatoon by RCMP snitch Larry Fisher who had already been convicted of four rapes and one attempted rape. Fisher was convicted in 1999 and sentenced to life in prison. David Milgaard was set free in 1992 and exonerated in 1997 following DNA tests. Gets $10M
Larry Fisher killed Gail Miller. David Milgaard did the time. Two women who were raped in North Battleford were told their rapist had been caught and it was Milgaard. Fisher was the real culprit and in custody. The practice of giving snitches licence to lie is standard practice for the RCMP who enlist the cooperation of local police. His licence included rape and murder. July 1997, Fisher is charged with the 1969 rape and murder of Gail Miller.
Scott Hornoff, ex Rhode Island cop, experienced both sides of the fence. If Rhode Island had the death penalty he would have been on it. Instead he was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Victoria Cushman. After six years, four months and eighteen days (on November 6, 2002) he was freed when the one responsible, filled with remorse and hauntings, came forward and confessed. "If it could happen to me - a white, upper-middle class, 40-year-old cop, it can happen to you". He now speaks out about judicial system.
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
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. Bernardo dad: Karla got away with murder
Jaime Wheeler, 20, was murdered in her basement suite on March 12, 2000, stabbed and slashed 56 times. Dominic McCullock, 23, was convicted in 2004 of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison with no eligibility for parole for 15 years. He has maintained his innocence and is appealing his conviction. The trial heard that DNA found in blood on Wheeler's jacket and apartment door handles matched McCullock's, and a pubic hair stuck in dried blood on Wheeler's arm matched his.
Shannon Murrin: Mindy Tran disappeared on August 17, 1994. A lead RCMP investigator had Shannon Murrin brutally beaten up by thugs in 1995. He was charged with her rape and murder in January 1997 and acquitted by a jury in January 2000. A juror, later Murrin's girlfriend, wrote a story of what "really happened" and accused the media and RCMP of having him convicted before the trial began. The Mindy Tran website writes: "Her's is a well crafted tale transforming Murrin from a monstrous child killer into the lovable falsely accused rogue".
MORE NATIVE STORIES: This is an aggregate of a theme on this site centred around the injustices towards the indigenous people of Canada such as shootings, beatings, killings, rapes, and of course the famous "Midnight Tours". These individual stories rarely make it to the top 20 but as an aggregate theme they rank here. This is Canada's equivalent to Black Lives Matter.
James Lockyer has been "at bat for the wrongfully convicted" since the mid 70's when he came to Canada accepting a scholarship to McGill University. He is a founding director of Innocence Canada, an organization which advocates for the wrongly convicted. Over the course of his career James Lockyer has worked on these cases documented on the site: Guy-Paul Morin, David Milgaard, Peter Frumusa, Greg Parsons, Gordon Folland, Clayton Johnson, Stephen Truscott, Robert Baltovich, William Mullins-Johnson, James Driskell, and Anthony Hanemaayer. With his aid these cases have been overturned.
Peter Reilly found his mother's severely battered body on the floor of their cottage. 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.
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 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. Settled for $775K.
Kirstin Lobato: - FREED 2017 - railroaded in Las Vegas for a hideous sex murder and mutilation of a homeless man. Evidence provided by a jailhouse snitch. No DNA test was done. Prior to her conviction on a first-degree murder charge, Kirstin Lobato turned down a deal that offered three years in prison. "She placed her belief in the justice system, and she ended up being convicted of a crime that she did not commit". -- United States District Court Judge Gloria Navarro, Las Vegas Journal-Review, May 29, 2002
William Mullins-Johnson was condemned for having sodomised and strangled his 4-year old niece. No scientific evidence tied him to the crime. He was condemned by the testimony of now discredited "expert" pathologist Charles Smith who had also testified in the deaths of 41 other children and led to the convictions of 13 other people. In 2005 he was freed on bail while Ottawa debated whether this was a miscarriage of justice. The chief pathologist of Ontario declared his neice died of natural causes. The autopsy showed no traces of injuries to the neck or anus. There had never been a crime. Gets 4.25M in 2010.
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 Keith Ritter wrote "The defendants [police, prosecutor] are, quite simply, legally cloaked in malice" using tactics the judge called "dangerous", "deplorable" and "reprehensible".
Ron and Linda Sterling were the key figures in the Martensville case, the most infamous sexual abuse trial ever held in Saskatchewan. They were found not guilty of 32 crimes against children. "We're going to be tainted as the most vile child molesters for the rest of our lives" says Ron. "No matter that I've been found not guilty. Our life can never be normal. We've lost two years of our lives. I used to have great faith in the justice system."
Joe Warren -The Wrong Guy: was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder, based on the questionable testimony of a jailhouse informant, for ordering the execution-style slaying of an drug dealer. Authorities ignored the fact the man who admitted to pulling the trigger, and his accomplices, claimed Warren was not involved. There was no physical evidence tying him to the crime. The jailhouse snitch was a proven liar whose testimony was fraught with factual error.
Sebastian Burns and Atif Rafay: The heartbreaking story of two bright Canadians who were traded to the U.S. by malicious cops to advance their careers. This "Mr Big" undercover operation is a disgrace to the democratic world. RCMP undercover operators Haslett and Shinkaruk have boasted that using the Mr. Big or some other scenario, the cops can get anyone to "confess". Posing as thugs, the two lured Burns into a phony criminal enterprise. Eventually, they extracted a pair of halting, reluctant confessions.
Fallon Aubee né Jean Paul made Canadian history by being the first male inmate to be transfered to a women's prison after being declared a transgender. Aubee, of Maple Ridge, was charged with killing 19-years-old witness Gordon Spears gangland style in 1992. Spears was scheduled to testify at a murder trial in relation to the 1990 killing of 20-year-old Kin Wai Lee, member of the Lotus Gang. Aubee is serving a life sentence since 2003.
Dudley George: an unarmed native protester was killed, in September 1995, by an Ontario Provincial Police officer carrying a high-powered automatic rifle during the late-night assault in Ipperwash Provincial Park which was being claimed as a burial ground. An inquiry was called. Lawyers evaluated more than 200,000 documents relating to the killing including trial transcripts and government documents. Then premier Mike Harris had told a meeting: "Get those fucking Indians out of the park even if you have to draw guns to do it." George lay dying late at night in a car with a flat tire outside a farmhouse, as desperate relatives waited for an ambulance which never arrived.
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