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#wrongfullyconvictedwednesday Thomas Sophonow

    Thomas Sophonow endured 3 trials and 45 months in custody before proving his innocence.   In 1981 Thomas Sophonow was wrongfully accused and convicted of the murder of Barbara Stoppel. On December 23, 1981 the sixteen-year-old Stoppel was found strangled at the Ideal Donut Shop where she had been working in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She died shortly afterwards. Sophonow became a suspect after eyewitnesses described seeing a man matching Sophonow’s appearance and he was twice picked out of a police photo line-up. Once in custody he was subject to aggressive interrogation tactics that would now be considered a violation of human rights as guaranteed by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The tactics were so aggressive, that Sophonow himself, came to believe he was the murderer, despite the fact that he could not have been. Following this interrogation Sophonow was arrested. While in police custody…

13 Jul 2016

Is it a Crime to Catch Rainwater?

12 Jul 2016

  It is not a criminal offence to collect rainwater.   Rainwater harvesting is the practice of collecting rainwater and storing it for later use. The…

What is the Charter of Rights and Freedoms?

7 Jul 2016

  The Charter of Rights and Freedoms With the Constitution Act, 1982 the Charter of Rights and Freedoms became a part of the Canadian Constitution. The…

#wrongfullyconvictedwednesday William...

6 Jul 2016

  William Mullins-Johnson spent 11 years in prison for a murder and sexual assault that never occurred. William Mullins-Johnson was wrongfully convicted in the death of…

Is it a Crime to Have More Than One Spouse...

5 Jul 2016

It is illegal to have multiple spouses in Canada.   It is a criminal offence in Canada to have more than one spouse. Section 293 of…