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#wrognfullyconvictedwednesday Maria Sheppard

Maria Sheppard was wrongfully convicted of manslaughter for killing her own step-daughter.   In 1991 Maria Shepard was wrongfully convicted of manslaughter for killing her three-year-old stepdaughter. She spent 25 years fighting to exonerate herself.  In April 1991 Maria’s step-daughter, Kasandra, who had been ill for a long period of time,  had begun vomiting and became unresponsive as she passed into a come . She was admitted to hospital where died two days later. Dr. Charles Smith was then the paediatric pathologist at Sick Children’s Hospital. He conducted Kasandra’s autopsy and told the police that Kasandra had died as a result of abuse, involving a blow or blows to the head. Maria was on of many victims of now disgraced pathologist Charles Smith. Smith gained notoriety for his misleading expert medical findings, that lead to multiple wrongful convictions before his findings were revealed to be significantly flawed. On April…

19 Oct 2016

Is it a Crime to Leave Your Child Alone in a...

18 Oct 2016

It is a crime to leave your child alone in your car.   It is a criminal offence to leave a child alone in a parked…

What happens when the police attend the...

13 Oct 2016

While police can exercise their discretion, most often criminal charges will be laid in alleged domestic assault incidents. Domestic violence is a serious crime that has…

#wrongfullyconvictedwednesday John Salmon

12 Oct 2016

John Salmon was wrongfully convicted of manslaughter for a crime that never occurred.   Couple 28-year-old Maxine Ditchfeild and her common-law husband, John Salmon, had been…

What is Bail Hearing?

6 Oct 2016

At a bail hearing wether or not the accused will be held in custody is decided. When someone is charged with a criminal offence(s) and arrested,…

What is a Guilty Plea for a Criminal Offence?

6 Oct 2016

A guilty plea has serious consequences for the accused. Guilty pleas What should I do before deciding whether to plead guilty or not? It is important…

#wrongfullyconvictedwednesday Gregory Parsons

5 Oct 2016

Gregory Parsons was wrongfully convicted of killing his own mother. When Gregory Parsons was only nineteen he would endure an unbelievable hardship of a wrongful conviction…