Guy Paul Morin
Guy Paul Morin is a Canadian who was wrongly convicted of the October 1984 rape and murder of his nine-year-old next-door neighbour, Christine Jessop of Queensville, Ontario. DNA testing led to a subsequent overturning of this verdict.
Morin was acquitted of murder at his first trial in 1986. The Crown exercised its right to appeal the verdict on the grounds that the trial judge made a fundamental error prejudicing the Crown's right to a fair trial. In 1987 the Court of Appeal ordered a new trial. The retrial was delayed until 1992 by Morin's own appeals based on the Crown's non-disclosure of exculpatory evidence and by other issues, including the double jeopardy rule.
Morin was convicted at his second trial and was sentenced to life imprisonment. Unlike others convicted of murdering children after sexually abusing them, he was kept in the general population throughout his time in prison. Improvements in DNA testing led to a test in 1995 which excluded Morin as the murderer. Morin's appeal of his conviction was allowed (i.e., the conviction was reversed), and a directed verdict of acquittal entered in the appeal.
An inquiry culminating in the Kaufman Report into Morin's case also uncovered evidence of police and prosecutorial misconduct, and of misrepresentation of forensic evidence by the Ontario Centre of Forensic Sciences.
Christine Jessop’s murderer is still unknown.
A grass roots group called The Justice for Guy Paul Morin Committee was created from a small group of concerned citizens including Win Wahrer who is still with AIDWYC the organization formed out of that group. The efforts of the committee involved mass fax campaigns to authorities, candle light vigils, press releases, all demanding that this travesty of justice needed to be looked at as they believed an injustice had occurred. Guy Paul Morin was eventually exonerated on DNA evidence as the science of DNA testing had finally come into being 10 years or so after his original arrest.
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- Commission on Proceedings Involving Guy Paul Morin, report from the Ontario Attorney General