Janice Johnston

Court and crime reporter

Janice Johnston is an investigative journalist with CBC Edmonton who has covered Alberta courts and crime for more than three decades. She won a national RTDNA diversity award in 2016 for her story about the trial of a 13-year-old Indigenous boy who killed his father. You can reach her at janice.johnston@cbc.ca.

Latest from Janice Johnston

Edmonton court hears accused murderer confess to RCMP in shooting deaths of Métis hunters

On Thursday, the jury in a second-degree murder trial watched one of the accused confess to RCMP in a videotaped interview about his role in the March 2020 deaths of Jacob Sansom and Maurice Cardinal.

Accused in fatal shooting of Métis hunters in rural Alberta plead not guilty

Roger Bilodeau, 58, and his son Anthony, 33, are both charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the March 2020 shooting deaths of Jacob Sansom and his uncle Maurice Cardinal. The two-week jury trial began Monday.

'Monster' father who sexually abused his 3 children faces sentencing next month

Retired Edmonton lawyer Helmut Berndt, 73, will be sentenced in June on five counts of sexually abusing his three children while they were growing up. The victims successfully applied for the removal of a publication ban on their names so they could share their story.

Edmonton church, pastor convicted of obstructing public health inspector

On May 4, Church in the Vine and pastor Tracy Fortin were found guilty on six counts of obstructing a public health inspector. A sentencing hearing will be held May 25.

Dozens of lawyers off Legal Aid Alberta roster for not signing new deal, defence lawyer says

An alleged 100 senior lawyers have refused to sign a new contract with Legal Aid Alberta, because they say it was not negotiated and includes unacceptable terms.

Alberta prosecutors avoid strike action with promise for better pay, conditions

A group representing Alberta prosecutors says an announcement by the provincial government to raise salaries and enter into negotiations to improve the justice system marks a new chapter.

LRT attack victim says she will likely never use public transit again

Sharda Devi Naidu, 78, is recovering in hospital after she was pushed onto LRT tracks on Monday night. She told CBC News from her hospital bed that even before this week, she was afraid to use public transit.

City working to get Edmonton transit system back on track

Edmonton's mayor and the head of Edmonton Transit announced plans to increase safety, after a 78-year-old woman was pushed onto LRT tracks Monday night.

Hospital worker pushed off platform onto LRT tracks may lose leg, brother says

Sharda Devi Naidu, 78, suffered a shattered leg when she was pushed onto LRT tracks Monday night by a stranger. Her alleged assailant, arrested Tuesday, is accused of trying to attack a man at a different LRT station.

'I was not in a good place,' former Alberta chief medical examiner testifies at trial

Dr. Anny Sauvageau will undergo cross-examination next week after wrapping up two weeks of direct examination on the witness stand in her wrongful dismissal suit.

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