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BR Inquest Jury Selection – CP

by ahnationtalk on March 9, 201898 Views

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Mar 9, 2018 

A lawyer helping the family of Colten Boushie (BOO’-shee) says jury selection in Canada could take a page from coroner’s inquests in Saskatchewan.

Twenty-two-year-old Boushie was shot and killed by a Saskatchewan farmer, who was recently acquitted in the young Indigenous man’s death.

Lawyer Chris Murphy is involved in an inquest examining another death of an Indigenous man.

Jordan Lafond died following a police chase in Saskatoon in 2016.

The inquest is being heard by a jury, and lawyers and the coroner agreed that at least half the jurors should be Indigenous.

In Saskatchewan, if a deceased is Aboriginal, a coroner’s jury is often part Indigenous too.

Provincial legislation allows a jury to be composed of people from a specific race or culture.

It’s believed no other province has a similar provision.

Murphy says it’s more fair than the approach to juries in criminal cases.

Gerald Stanley, who is white, testified that his gun accidentally went off and Boushie was hit in the head.

A jury appearing to be all-white found him not guilty of second-degree murder.

The verdict sparked accusations of racism and calls for jury reform.

(The Canadian Press)


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