Janice Johnston

Court and crime reporter

Janice Johnston was an investigative journalist with CBC Edmonton who covered Alberta courts and crime for more than three decades. She won a national Radio Television Digital News Association award in 2016 for her coverage of the trial of a 13-year-old Alberta boy who was acquitted of killing his abusive father.

Latest from Janice Johnston

RCMP constable tells jury he was scared at police operation before officers shot man at rest stop

Const. Jessica Brown and Cpl. Randy Stenger shot and killed Clayton Crawford on July 3, 2018, but say it was in self-defence. On day five of the manslaughter trial, a fellow officer told the jury he was scared during the incident.

Mounties testifying at trial disagree on whether man shot by police was witness or suspect

Mounties testifying at the manslaughter trial of two RCMP officers have differing accounts of policing objectives leading up to the shooting death in July 2018 of Clayton Crawford.

Maximum sentence for man who admitted to murdering mother and toddler in Hinton, Alta.

Robert Major, 55, has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years for the first-degree murders of Mchale Busch, 24, and her 16-month old son Noah McConnell.

Jury trial begins for Alberta RCMP officers charged with manslaughter in 2018 shooting death

RCMP Const. Jessica Brown and Cpl. Randy Stenger are on trial for the July 2018 shooting death of Clayton Crawford, 31. The Mounties are each charged with manslaughter and aggravated assault and have pleaded not guilty.

Family physician sentenced to 4-year prison term for largest doctor billing fraud in Alberta history

Dr. Yifei Shi, 35, admits that in 2016 she defrauded the Alberta government of $827,077 through false billings. The family physician has been ordered to repay Alberta Health and serve a four-year prison term.

Former Alberta justice minister Jonathan Denis cleared on contempt of court conviction

Alberta’s highest court has struck down a contempt of court conviction against Denis, a former provincial justice minister. In a unanimous ruling delivered from the bench on Monday, three Court of Appeal of Alberta judges called the lower court’s conviction “procedurally flawed."

Maskwacis man sentenced to life in prison for killing his mother

Ashton Saddleback, 36, has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 10 years in the November 2020 second-degree murder of his mother Corrine Saddleback.

Edmonton police constable convicted of sexual assault against another officer

Samuel Sanson, 39, has been found guilty on one count of sexual assault. A provincial court judge found the Edmonton police officer groped a female officer in early 2021.

Unvaccinated woman takes transplant fight to Alberta Court of Appeal

Annette Lewis is fighting to get back on an organ transplant list after Alberta Court of King's Bench ruled in the summer that removal due to her COVID-19 unvaccinated status did not violate her charter rights.

Former MLA Carl Benito fined $75,000 for immigration fraud

Carl Benito, 68 and his son Charles, 28, have been sentenced for immigration fraud. Both men must serve a term of house arrest followed by probation. The elder Benito has also been ordered to pay a $75,000 fine.

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