Canada

Shank Not Guilty of Manslaughter

A second jury spent seven weeks listening to evidence in the case of Constable Rick Shank.

But they didn't need seven hours to make a decision.

It found Shank not guilty of manslaughter in the death of Hugh Dawson -- a suspected drug dealer. He was shot dead from nine police bullets in a 1997 shootout with police. Dawson was unarmed.

This was the second jury to take a run at the case. Shank's first trial ended in a mistrial last November after the jury deliberated for four days before announcing it was hopelessly deadlocked.

Shank had nothing to say when he left court just a few moments ago. His lawyer Austin Cooper however said he was glad justice finally had been done.

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