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Former Quebec judge convicted of killing wife liberated ahead of new murder trial

The decision comes after the federal Justice Department announced this week that Justice Minister David Lametti had ordered a new trial for the ex-judge after concluding a miscarriage of justice likely occurred in the case.

Jacques Delisle's release subject to several conditions

Former judge Jacques Delisle has been released from prison ahead of a new murder trial. (Radio-Canada)

A former Quebec judge who was found guilty in 2012 of fatally shooting his wife has been released from prison ahead of a new murder trial.

Superior Court Justice François Huot accepted the request to release Jacques Delisle, 85, today at the Quebec City courthouse.

The decision comes after the federal Department of Justice announced this week that Justice Minister David Lametti had ordered a new trial for the ex-judge, after concluding a miscarriage of justice likely occurred in the case.

The department said the minister had reviewed evidence that was not before the courts at the time of Delisle's trial or appeal.

Delisle was found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his wife, Marie Nicole Rainville, and was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years. His appeal was dismissed in 2013, and the Supreme Court of Canada refused to hear his case.

The former judge's defence argued in court today that the new evidence reviewed by Lametti suggests Delisle is probably innocent and that the death of Rainville was a suicide.

Under Delisle's bail conditions, he must live at his Quebec City residence, he cannot have a firearm, obtain a passport, leave the country, or communicate with certain individuals.  

His case is now being deferred until September. 

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