Lawyer calling for inquiry into wrongful convictions
A St. John's lawyer says there's something wrong with the system. Jerome Kennedy says there needs to be an inquiry into wrongful convictions in this province.
Kennedy's reaction follows word on Wednesday that there is now a stay of proceedings in the Randy Druken case.
Druken was originally convicted for the 1993 killing of his girlfriend, Brenda Young. But a new trial was ordered when a key witness was discredited.
Kennedy says wrongful convictions are happening too often. "In the Gregory Parsons, Ronald Dalton, and Randy Drunken cases, there's the use of sketchy evidence," says Kennedy, "In both Parsons and Druken, there was hearsay evidence used. And in Dalton, there was awful expert opinion. I feel that in all of these wrongful convictions cases that I'm familiar with, it begins with the police investigation. It usually involves overzealous prosecutors. But most of all, it involved evidence that shouldn't be in a courtroom."
The stay in the Randy Druken case means the crown has a year to reactivate the murder charge.