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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. Bernardo dad: Karla got away with murder

David Milgaard David Milgaard: 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

Tulia, Texas Tulia, Texas: In the summer of 1999, in this tiny town, 39 people, almost all of them black, were arrested and charged with dealing cocaine. At the trial, the prosecution relied almost solely on the uncorroborated, and contradictory, testimony of one cop, Tom Coleman. Despite the flimsiness of the evidence against them, virtually all of the defendants were convicted and given sentences as high as 99 years. Justice is a stranger in Tulia TX. In 2003 District Judge Ron Chapman, who thoroughly investigated the case, recommended that all convictions be thrown out.

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.

William Mullins-Johnson 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.

Jaime Wheeler 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.

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

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 Keith Ritter wrote "The defendants [police, prosecutor] are, quite simply, legally cloaked in malice" using tactics the judge called "dangerous", "deplorable" and "reprehensible".

Larry Fisher 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.

Guy Paul Morin Guy-Paul Morin: The body of Christine Jessop, 9, is found in a farmer's field. 1985-92: Morin is arrested, tried, acquitted, tried again and convicted of murder by a prosecutor now a judge. 1995: He is cleared and offered $1.25M compensation 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. He is the best known wrongly convicted exonerated person in Canada.

Peter Reilly In 1973, 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.

Lawyer Patrick McGuinness Patrick McGuinness: The French film company that came to Jacksonville to do a documentary on the American court system was incredibly lucky. Not only did director Jean-Xavier de Lestrade and producer Denis Poncet stumble on a riveting tale of an innocent 15-year-old Brenton Butler being railroaded, but they also stumbled on a star to build their story around.

Steven Truscott Steven Truscott: The raped and strangled body of Lynne Harper, 12, is found near Clinton, Ontario in June 1959. Three months later, Steven Truscott, then 14, is convicted and sentenced to hang. 1969: His death sentence was commutted and he spent 10 years in prison before being released and begins a long campaign for vindication. 2000: He asks the federal government for a formal review. In 2006 the Ontario Court of Appeal begins reviewing Truscott's conviction. In 2008 he gets $6.5M. Steven Truscott is the youngest death-row inmate.

Sandy Murphy and Rick Tabish Rick Tabish - Sandy Murphy: Acquitted of murder. Allegations of corruption by Sheriff Lieseke who was left an estate of $250,000. A former deputy gave a television interview saying the sheriff was lying on the stand and also that after Sheriff Lieseke met with the Estate lawyers he told the two deputies what to write in their reports.

Ron and Linda Sterling 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."

Gerald Amirault Gerald Amirault:behind bars for 18 years after his 1986 conviction on charges of child sex abuse based on fantastical testimony dragged from pre-schoolers. The rules of evidence were changed to accommodate the prosecution; the burden of proof was put on the accused. Four and five-year-olds were coached to say what adults wanted to hear. All this was done in the name of virtue. The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts upheld the prosecutors despite voluminous evidence that the Amiraults had been convicted on the basis of bogus testimony.

Anthony Hanemaayer pleaded guilty out of fear Anthony Hanemaayer: was convicted for a Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka crime. He accepted a plea bargain, out of fear, on the advice of his then lawyer who warned he could receive a long prison sentence. At the time police were aware that Bernardo had confessed to the assault on the 15-year-old, but didn't mentioned it to him.

Shannon Murrin 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".

James Driskell James Driskell was convicted by 3 hairs and the testimony of two paid snitches. RCMP testified at the trial the hairs found in his van belonged to the victim. The prosecution argued he committed the murder in the van. According to test results from the Forensic Science Services in England, none of the hairs belonged to the victim. He did 12 years for nothing.


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