It’s impossible to even imagine what spending most of your life imprisoned must be like. It’s impossible to imagine what spending most of your life imprisoned must be like if you’re innocent.
Sunday I’ll be speaking with the man who maintains his innocence and for whom nothing short of a complete clearing of his name is acceptable. He has been pardoned, but DNA evidence now appears to support his position since the first day of his arrest and that is that he is innocent.
I will speak with this man on Sunday. You will hear his story. He has many supporters, yet there are those who insist he is guilty of the crimes for which he was convicted.
Also this weekend, the federal government insists it will pass legislation which takes away the opportunity for parole for individuals convicted of specific crimes, like the murder of a police officer. There are those who argue parole must remain an opportunity, no matter how remote, for anyone convicted of first degree murder. That we’ve come a long way since the days of the death penalty. That people change. Today on Twitter (@theroygreenshow) I reminded about Alan Craig MacDonald. He murdered a Halifax police officer, was convicted of murder, was paroled and murdered 21 year old Lynda Shaw of Ontario. For years Lynda Shaw’s murder remained unsolved. However, as DNA science evolved, MacDonald, who had committed suicide, was found guilty of the murder of Ms. Shaw through DNA from hair he had provided police following her death.
I’ll speak with former crown attorneys Scott Newark and Jeff Manishen about the ‘no parole’ for specific murders law the federal Conservatives are bringing to parliament. We’ll include your calls.
Emma Paulsen was today sentenced to six months in prison over the deaths of six dogs in her care in British Columbia last year. Paulsen left the dogs unattended in her truck where they died of heat stroke. I have no empathy or sympathy for Paulsen. She had been, according to media reports, warned about leaving dogs she was caring for in her truck as she went about her business. The dogs had been so desperate and full of panic that the National Post reports a veterinarian said four of the six resorted to ingesting stuffing from the dog bed left in the truck.
Did Emma Paulsen want the dogs dead? No one believes that. However, she dumped their bodies in a ditch and then, after declaring them stolen from her truck, participated in a search for the six dogs.
Visit my Facebook page, ‘The Roy Green Show’ and read my post of today about dogs and what they mean to those of us who share our lives with them. I received an email after I tweeted about Paulsen’s prison sentence. A line from the email reads “Come on Roy, they’re just dogs.”
Trust you’re having a good week and that you’ll join us Saturday and Sunday on the Corus radio network from 2-5pm (Eastern time).