Steven Truscott: Miscarriage of Justice

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Courtney White
Mrs. Schweitzer
December 8 2013
Steven Truscott: Miscarriage of Justice
“The only two people that know I am innocent, is myself and the killer.” Imagine being blamed for a crime you did not commit, and nobody would believe you no matter what you said. Steven Truscott had forty-two years of his life taken from him for being charged with a crime he did not commit. He was charged at only the age of fourteen for murdering and raping twelve year old Lynne Harper. He then became the youngest death-row inmate after one of the most famous trials in the history of Canada. Steven Truscott should never have been convicted for the murder and rape of Lynne Harper due to the fact the forensic evidence was questionable the
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In 2002, Fred Kaufman was appointed to the case, in response to a request by the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted. He was the same lawyer that helped with another miscarriage of justice of Guy Paul Morin. If Fred Kaufman had been originally signed to the case, it would have been easily dealt with. Therefore, because it took 50 years to finally clear his name, the investigation was insufficient.
The questionable forensic evidence, the untrustworthy witnesses and the insufficient investigation are all reasons why Steven Truscott should never have been charged with the rape and murder of Lynne Harper. Being charged with something you did not commit is something nobody wants to go through. Evidence, witnesses and the investigation portion is very important for a case to run correctly. It took Steven Truscott 42 years to finally get his name cleared. He went through many trials and hearings to finally get the news one day that he was free to go. Most of his life was taken from him that he will never get back. “They finally got it right after all these years. I am so used to fighting. Now we don’t have to fight anymore.”

Works Cited
Canada Classic Edition. Timeline of the Truscott Case. 25 November 2013. 26 August 2007

City TV News. The Steven Truscott case Timeline. 19 June 2006. 3 November 2013.
Hendley, Nate. Steven Truscott and the Death Penalty. Crime Story. 29 January 2010. 24 October
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