Friday, February 16, 2007

James Driskell Wrongful Conviction Report

This week, the Manitoba Attorney General has released the report of the judicial commission of inquiry in the James Driskell case.

The commission was led by the Honourable Patrick LeSage, Q.C., former Chief Justice of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

Driskell was wrongfully convicted in 1991 of murder. That verdict was overturned in 2005 by the federal government, which launched a commission of inquiry into how this miscarriage of justice could have happened.

Driskell spent 13 years in jail.

The commission report concluded that police and Crown lawyers failed to disclose crucial evidence that could have prevented Driskell's wrongful conviction. The jury was also "seriously misled" on issues including the reliability of a key Crown witness.

Previous Library Boy posts about wrongful convictions include:
  • The Innocence Project - Wrongful Conviction Website (November 23, 2005): "The New York-based Innocence Project is a not-for-profit legal clinic run out of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law that takes on cases of wrongfully convicted individuals whose innocence has been conclusively proven thanks to forensic DNA testing (...) In Canada, there is the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC) ... AIDWYC, either directly or through the work of member lawyers, has been involved in bringing to light many wrongful convictions in Canada, including those of Guy Paul Morin, David Milgaard, Clayton Johnson, Peter Frumusa and Gregory Parsons. "
  • Wrongful Conviction Resources on the Web (December 19, 2005): "The website has just published a bibliography entitled Wrongful Conviction and Innocence Resources on the Internet. It is divided into sections on current awareness, 'innocence projects' (groups and research projects that help investigate cases of wrongful conviction), government commissions, case profiles and case databases, reports on wrongful conviction published by the government, academics, various organizations and the media in the United States, courses, conferences and organizations."

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