Innocence on Trial

Innocence on Trial

The Framing of Ivan Henry

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In the early 1980s, Vancouver residents were still reeling from the sensational arrest of child murderer Clifford Olson when a new terror surfaced in the headlines: a serial rapist was attacking women across the city. In May 1982, with a tarnished image and few leads in their case, the Vancouver Police Department made an arrest. Ivan Henry was an ex-convict still adjusting to civilian life when he was detained on a break-and-enter charge. A short time later, he found himself on trial for ten charges of sexual assault--crimes he vehemently denied committing. Making the misguided decision to forego legal representation and defend himself, Henry sealed his own fate. Declared a dangerous offender in November 1983, Henry spent twenty-seven years in prison before being acquitted in 2010 on the basis of unreliable evidence. To this day, he has not been compensated or publicly exonerated. Author and arbitration lawyer Joan McEwen has spent three years interviewing Ivan Henry, investigating his case, and helping him seek compensation for his hellish life behind bars.

This is a powerful story of justice miscarried and one man's determined quest to win restitution for the wrongly convicted.
Publisher: Victoria :, Heritage House Publishing,, 2015
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: @2014
ISBN: 9781772030020
Branch Call Number: 364.15320971133 MCE NVD
Characteristics: 333 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Framing of Ivan Henry

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HROPERTZ
Feb 13, 2015

What do Donald Marshall, Paul Morin, Dave Milgaard have in common? They were victims of Canada's adversarial court system. Such a system pits one person against another. Evidence is withheld, distorted and even in the case of Messrs. Marshall and Morin manufactured by the police. Janice McEwen writes a devastating critique of Canada's Justice system. Ivan Henry was denied a lie detector test and the Crown refused to consider any serological examinations. Why not? Innocent On Trial is a must read but not an enjoyable one. Henry R

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username888
Dec 14, 2014

Poorly written to the point of being almost unreadable. At the outset, McEwen says that she doesn't know criminal law. She's right, she doesn't. Henry was convicted despite identification evidence that was full of holes. But, he was the author of his own misfortune because if he hadn't refused to be represented by the lawyers provided by Legal Aid he may well have been acquitted. McEwen dignifies Henry's paranoid rants that blame everyone but himself.

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richardbrail
Dec 14, 2014

Poorly written to the point of being almost unreadable. At the outset, McEwen says that she doesn't know criminal law. She's right, she doesn't. Henry was convicted despite identification evidence that was full of holes. But, he was the author of his own misfortune because if he hadn't refused to be represented by the lawyers provided by Legal Aid he may well have been acquitted. McEwen dignifies Henry's paranoid rants that blame everyone but himself.

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