Legal Aid Ontario supports Wrongful Conviction Day
Posted: Thursday, September 25, 2014
Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is supporting the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC) with the launch of the first Wrongful Conviction Day on Oct. 2.
“Wrongful Conviction Day highlights the importance of not only remedying but also preventing wrongful convictions.”
Wrongful Conviction Day is intended to inspire discussion on positive change in the criminal justice system, in the hope of helping to prevent future wrongful convictions.
According to Win Wahrer, AIDWYC’s director of client services, “We know from the Canadian cases that the loss of one’s freedom has far reaching effects on their quality of life, that of their families and society at large.”
Wahrer noted the cases of Donald Marshall Jr., Guy Paul Morin, David Milgaard, Steven Truscott, Clayton Johnson, Ron Dalton, Tammy Marquardt, Sherry Sherrett-Robinson, Thomas ophonow, Romeo Phillion, Dinesh Kumar, Anthony Hanemaayer, and Rob Baltovich as well-known examples of those who had been wrongfully convicted.
“Wrongful Conviction Day highlights the importance of not only remedying but also preventing wrongful convictions,” says John McCamus, the Chair of LAO. “Wrongful conviction appeals frequently highlight some of the most acute systemic failures in our judicial processes.”
On Oct. 2, concerned citizens and professionals will participate in Wrongful Conviction Day through a variety of events and various means of online participation. For more information, visit the Wrongful Conviction Day site.
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