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#wrongfullyconvictedwednesday Leighton Hay

Leighton Hay spent more than 12 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. In 2002, when Leighton Hay was only 19 years old he was arrested and charged with first degree murder for a murder he did not commit. In 2004, Hay was wrongfully convicted of the first degree of Collin Moore. Moore was shot and killed in an Etobicoke, Toronto nightclub July 6 2002 by two gunmen. The Crown’s case against Hay was based upon circumstantial evidence and questionable eyewitness testimony. One crucial eyewitness gave evidence that she had seen one of the gunman, alleged to be Hay, sporting two-inch long dreadlocks at the time of the shooting. She initially picked Hay out of a photo line-up, but during a second photo line-up she failed to pick Hay. Her testimony proved to be problematic for the Crown as Hay had extremely short…

28 Sep 2016

When Can the Police Use Lethal Force in...

22 Sep 2016

In certain circumstances the police may be legally allowed to use lethal force. The Criminal Code outlines circumstances when a person in authority can reasonably use…

#wrongfullyconvictedwednesdays Richard Brant

21 Sep 2016

Richard Brant was wrongfully convicted of killing his own son.     On November 17, 1992, nineteen-year-old Richard Brant, of Belleville, Ontario, was out for a…

Is it a Crime to Drive Without Insurance?

20 Sep 2016

 In Ontario, it is a legal requirement for all vehicle owners to have valid insurance for their vehicles and it is the driver’s responsibility to ensure that the insurance purchased…

What is Innocence Canada?

15 Sep 2016

Innocence Canada, formally AIDWYC, defends wrongfully convicted people in Canada. Innocence Canada (formerly the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted or AIDWYC) is a Canadian,…

#wrongfullyconvictedwednesday Sherry Sherret...

14 Sep 2016

Sherry Sherret-Robinson was wrongfully convicted of killing her own child. On January 22, 1996, 20-year-old Sherry Sherret-Robinson found her four-month-old son, Joshua, lying facedown in his…

Is it a Crime to Carry a Concealed Weapon?

13 Sep 2016

Carrying a concealed weapon refers to the practice of carrying a handgun or other weapon in public in a concealed or hidden manner. The weapon can be hidden on one’s…