Is It Murder if There’s No Homicide?
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|GIST: "A forensic pathologist called to testify at the bail hearing
for Jacques Delisle on Wednesday questioned the evidence submitted when
he was convicted of killing his wife in 2012. Defence lawyers for Delisle, the only Canadian judge ever convicted
of first-degree murder, are trying to make the case he should be freed
from prison while the Federal Justice Department has another look at his
case in the death of his wife, Nicole Rainville. The Crown is opposing the release of Delisle, 81. Dr. Michael Shkrum, a pathologist from London, Ont., and a witness
for the defence, told a Quebec City courtroom during his second day of
testimony why his conclusions were very different from the ones
presented at trial four years ago. The pathologist who conducted Rainville's autopsy, Dr. André
Bourgault, concluded the bullet that killed her went through her left
temple, and lodged itself in the back of her head. The Crown argued this was consistent with a person firing the gun
while standing in front of the woman, who was in a wheelchair after
suffering a stroke in 2007. Shkrum, however, put those conclusions into question. "The fragments of the bullet should follow the same trajectory (as
the bullet), but they don't in the path suggested by Dr.Bourgault," he
told the court. The Crown cross-examined Shkrum Wednesday afternoon. Bourgault will also be called to testify to defend his work.|
Since his conviction in 2012, the former judge has continued to insist on his innocence. In the joint investigation by the fifth estate and Enquête last year, three independent forensic experts reviewed the evidence in Delisle's case and concluded it pointed to suicide, not murder — corroborating Delisle's confession that, while he did not murder his wife, he did supply her with the gun that she used to kill herself."
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PUBLISHER'S NOTE: I am monitoring this case/issue. Keep your eye on the Charles Smith Blog for reports on developments. The Toronto Star, my previous employer for more than twenty incredible years, has put considerable effort into exposing the harm caused by Dr. Charles Smith and his protectors - and into pushing for reform of Ontario's forensic pediatric pathology system. The Star has a "topic" section which focuses on recent stories related to Dr. Charles Smith. It can be found at: http://www.thestar.com/topic/
Harold Levy. Publisher; The Charles Smith Blog.