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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."

Paul Bernardo 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.

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

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Dudley George 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.

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

Dominic McCullock 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.

Sebastian Burns and Atif Rafay 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.

Monique Turenne A Winnipeg woman, Monique Turenne, was found guilty of second-degree murder for helping her alleged former lover, convicted murderer Ralph Crompton, fatally bludgeon her husband, a Canadian air force officer serving in Florida. Much controversy with alleged perjured/forged affidavits by Winnipeg Police and an alleged frame-up surround this case. The most thorough investigation is A Soldier's Murder.

Marty Tankleff Marty Tankleff, a Long Island boy, was convicted of killing his parents in Sept. 1988 and was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison. Lawyers and a private investigator claim a career burglar with a guilty conscience told them he served as the getaway driver for what he thought was a run-of-the-mill house burglary. The defense says the inmate's claim that his two accomplices emerged from the burglary with blood on their clothes corroborates another witness's statement, provided to the prosecution and defense as long ago as 1991, that one of the men bragged about the murders. Marty served 17 years from a coerced confession. The charges were dropped in 2008.

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".

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.

John Popowich John Popowich: His decade-long fight to clear his name is over. He received an apology and a $1.3M settlement from the government. He was wrongly prosecuted for ritual child sexual abuse in Martensville in the early 1990s. "Money is not the issue. Having my name cleared is why I did this." "It's time the public sees that he's innocent. They tormented him, accusing him" his mother, Mary, said in an interview. His lawyer said nothing can make up for what his client has endured. "I cannot imagine a more heinous charge than sexually abusing young children at gunpoint under the umbrella of satanic worship."

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.

Big River First Nation Leo LaChance Murder: On a cold January 1991 night in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Leo LaChance, a Cree from Whitefish reserve near Big River, was shot and killed by Carney Nerland, a self-confessed fascist, and SK leader of the Ku Klux Klan and Aryan Nations. After a quick investigation he was charged with manslaughter and in May 1991 sentenced to 4 years with eligibility for statutory release after two-thirds of the time. On December 15, 1993 he was released and placed in a witness-protection program as an RCMP snitch.

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.

Theresa Olson Theresa Olson: public defender for Sebastian Burns was suspended for two years after a jail-sex romp. Two justices dissented, arguing that the suspension was too harsh in part because there was "no evidence" sexual relations had occurred - citing a dictionary definition of "coitus" which refers only to male-female vaginal intercourse - even though guards outside a jail conference room claimed, under oath, they had seen her having sex with her client. In 2003, the Supreme Court rejected the bar's recommendation for a one-year suspension. In addition, Olson must undergo a psychological evaluation before she can be reinstated.

Dr. Charles Smith Pathologist Dr. Charles Smith was involved in several prominent cases where innocent parents were charged with killing their children. In 2001 Charles Smith was removed from the roster of forensic pathologists permitted to conduct autopsies in suspicious deaths. A year later, three complaints to the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons relating to his work in suspicious death cases were upheld. His findings led to erroneous murder charges and ruined the lives of: William Mullins-Johnson, Brenda Waudby, and Louise Reynolds.

Robert Baltovich Robert Baltovich: pays for Paul Bernardo crime. Fresh evidence before the appeal court but not considered by the judges shows Bernardo was acquainted with victim Elizabeth Bain and was seen at her university campus the day she disappeared. Apart from the fact the original conviction was secured without a scintilla of physical evidence pointing to Baltovich's guilt, there is strong evidence police actively suppressed evidence which points to his innocence, including one witness's observation of Bain being a terrified passenger in her own car as it was driven on Highway 401 at a time when Baltovich was working out in a gym and the Crown theory had her already dead. The successful prosecutor is now a judge.

Pamela George Pamela George a 28-year-old mother of two, was beaten to death in December 1996. Steven Kummerfield and Alex Ternowetsky were convicted by jury of manslaughter for the murder and sentenced to 6½ years each by Justice Ted Malone who instructed the jury to remember that George was "indeed a prostitute" when considering whether she consented to the sexual assault. Band chief says verdict shows two classes of justice "One justice system for white people and one for the Indian people. Nobody cares if an Indian dies"

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