On 50th anniversary of wrongful conviction, David Milgaard learns he'll get honorary degree

On Friday, the University of Manitoba marked the 50th anniversary of David Milgaard's wrongful conviction by announcing he and his lawyer, David Asper, will receive honorary degrees.

Milgaard, wrongfully convicted in 1970, and lawyer David Asper will receive honorary degrees from U of M

David Milgaard, shown here in an October 2019 photo, spent 23 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of murder. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press)

Jan. 31 is a sombre anniversary for David Milgaard — it marks the date in 1970 that a court wrongfully convicted him for the rape and murder of Saskatoon nursing student Gail Miller.

But on Friday, the University of Manitoba marked the 50th anniversary of his wrongful conviction by announcing honorary degrees for Milgaard and his lawyer, David Asper.

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