Romeo Phillion can sue police, Crown for quashed conviction
Ottawa man, now 75, spent 31 years behind bars for the murder of an Ottawa firefighter
The longest-serving inmate in Canada to have a murder conviction quashed can now sue those involved in his prosecution.
Phillion was convicted in 1974 and spent 31 years behind bars for the murder of an Ottawa firefighter.
In 2009, the Ontario Court of Appeal set aside the conviction and ordered a new trial because police and the Crown failed to disclose an important piece of evidence.
Phillion then sued, but an Ontario Superior Court judge ruled too much time had passed and the prosecution had not acted with malice.
However, the appeal court said the conviction issue was different from the civil suit claim that deserves a hearing.