STORY: "The fight to bring attention to wrongful convictions," by reporter Jenny Yuen, published by The Toronto Sun on October 1, 2016.
SUB-HEADING: "He may have his life back but Ron Dalton will never get back the years he spent in prison after being wrongly convicted.
PHOTO CAPTION: "Ron Dalton, of Innocence Canada, was in jail for 8 1/2 years for a crime he did not commit."
GIST: "A dozen years after he was arrested and more than eight years after he was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of his wife and sent to jail for life, Dalton was acquitted in 2000.
Now 16 years back into society, Dalton, 60, is the co-president of the Toronto-based Innocence Canada, which fights for those believed to be wrongfully convicted. And to bring awareness to the cause, the group organizes the annual Wrongful Conviction Day on Oct. 2 — this Sunday. “My daughter had just graduated kindergarten the year her mother passed away and I made her high school graduation by just two hours in June 2000, when I was acquitted,” he said. “That always epitomizes the 12 missing years. Since 1993, Innocence Canada has exonerated 21 innocent Canadians, who together have wasted more than 190 years in prison for crimes they didn’t commit. The group works with over 50 pro-bono lawyers and a dedicated team of case reviewers who donate their time to overturn wrongful convictions. Right now, the organization is working on 85 cases — 16 of those they definitely believe there is a “miscarriage of justice. This week, eight major landmarks across Canada will light up in recognition of Wrongful Conviction Day, including the CN Tower, City Hall in Vancouver and McMahon Stadium in Calgary. “My wife choked on cereal at home back in 1988, now 28 years ago,” Dalton recalled. “Unfortunately, the following day, the hospital pathologist with no forensic training or experience dealing with homicide cases, did an autopsy (and) thought he had a case of homicide, told the police they’d better go talk to the husband and I was arrested and convicted on second-degree murder in a small town in rural Newfoundland that had never had a murder trial in the 45 years the town had been incorporated.” Dalton, a former bank manager, said the Canadian justice system needs a revamp to ensure more of these cases don’t happen in the future."
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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.