Friday, April 11, 2014

Bulletin: Gerry Barton; Nova Scotia; His lawyer alleges in closing argument that a purported statement was either fabricated or the result of subtle persuasion by RCMP. Canadian Press;

STORY: "Gerry Barton wrongful conviction suit drops claim against province: 64-year-old still suing RCMP for negligent investigation, reported by Canadian Press,  published by CBC News on April 10, 2014.
PHOTO CAPTION:  "Gerry Barton, who was wrongfully convicted of rape in 1970, is seeking compensation in the $500,000 range and an apology. (CBC);"

GIST: "Barton's lawyer, Dale Dunlop, told the Nova Scotia Supreme Court that his client was the victim of a negligent investigation by the RCMP, alleging the statement was either fabricated or the result of subtle coercion. Earlier this week, Barton testified that he never spoke to police and didn't plead guilty to the crime. He said the sexually explicit terms in the statement were words he wouldn't have understood at the time. In his closing argument, Dunlop said the lead RCMP investigator, corporal Earl Hamilton, could have manufactured the statement, or he could have encouraged Barton to say he had consensual sex with the girl to wrap up the case and spare the accused from facing a more serious rape charge. "The only conclusion you can come to is that this statement wasn't taken properly," Dunlop told Justice James Chipman, who reserved judgment and is taking written submissions on a charter argument in the case on April 25."

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