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Not guilty, says judge

The Story

After an 18-month trial, a judge has ruled that there was "no crime" in the actions of four doctors and a U.S. pharmaceutical company in relation to the tainted blood disaster. It's a ruling that provokes emotional reactions, as we see in this 2007 CBC-TV clip. "It was almost like my brain couldn't process it," says Janet Conners, whose husband died as a result of tainted blood, and who now suffers from HIV herself. "I was so certain that there would be a verdict of guilty." 

Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: Oct. 1, 2007
Guest(s): Janet Conners, Roger Perrault, John Plater, Michelle Scarpino, Mina Shah
Reporter: Laurie Graham
Duration: 2:58

Did You know?

• "There was no conduct that showed wanton and reckless disregard," said Justice Mary Lou Benotto in delivering her Oct. 1, 2007 verdict. "There was no marked departure from the standard of a reasonable person. On the contrary, the conduct examined in detail for over one and a half years confirms reasonable, responsible and professional actions and responses during a difficult time."

• Many survivors of the tragedy, as well as family of those afflicted, were shocked and outraged by the verdict. Mike McCarthy, past vice-president of the Canadian Hemophilia Society (who also contracted hepatitis C more than 20 years ago), called the decision "a miscarriage of justice."
• For more on the October 2007 ruling, please see the CBCNews.ca story Judge acquits four doctors in Canada's tainted blood trial.



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