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The Guy-Paul Morin story

By Donna Laframboise

Donna Laframboise

In July 1992, a 32-year-old Canadian man named Guy Paul Morin was convicted of murder and sentenced to prison with no chance of parole for 25 years. At his first trial, six years earlier, he had been acquitted. But Canadian law does not recognize the principle of double jeopardy.

The second trial dragged on for nine months. During that time, the jury heard that police had planted evidence, that the crime lab had lost hundreds of slides, that the pathologist had missed significant injuries when he conducted the autopsy, and that the prosecution had failed to disclose crucial information to the defence. Despite these irregularities, the jury convicted Morin anyway.

Morin was shipped off to prison where he feared for his life. Journalist Kirk Makin finished writing a book on the case titled Redrum the Innocent but it wasn't published until late November. The fifth estate public affairs program aired its television coverage around the same time.

In the interim, as a weekly freelance columnist for The Toronto Star, I helped keep Guy-Paul Morin's case in the public eye. I filed column after column, demonstrating how the justice system had failed. In January 1995, Morin was exonerated via DNA testing. In mid 1996, an inquiry was struck to investigate how matters could go so badly wrong.
The Kaufman report on Guy Paul Morin [OFFSITE: Government of Ontario]

The crown prosecutor, Susan MacLean, who twice tried to get Guy Paul Morin convicted for a crime he didn't commit has been appointed a judge to the Ontario Court of Justice despite her refusal to accept Morin's innocence even after DNA testing cleared him.

None of the articles below was front page: Pages A13 through A31.

Below is one journalist's Guy Paul Morin story: