In Washington state, a new law grants the wrongfully convicted $50,000 for each year spent behind bars, but an apology is harder to come by
In Canada, a man who spent decades behind bars on a wrongful murder conviction has lost his bid to sue the police involved. In a recent decision, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice dismissed a $14-million lawsuit for damages filed by Romeo Phillion. The defendants included two Ottawa police officers and Ontario’s attorney general. In his suit, Phillion alleged “malicious, reckless and negligent conduct” led to conviction for the 1967 murder of an Ottawa firefighter.
A new advocacy group is launching a national advertising campaign calling for prosecutor accountability and the importance of conviction integrity. The nonprofit group, Blind Justice, says it wants to “ensure that elected officials don’t turn a blind eye to prosecutors who trample on the rights of the accused to get a conviction.” The television ads will feature an alleged wrongful conviction case involving local district attorneys and will begin airing Wednesday on television networks in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Houston, Texas.