Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Finally free! Justice at last!

This week Robert Baltovich was found not guilty. He had been accused in 1990 of murdering his girlfriend Elizabeth Bain - whose body was never found. He served eight years before being released on bail, pending an appeal. The book No Claim to Mercy had been published two years earlier and speculated that notorious Canadian killer Paul Bernardo might have killed Elizabeth Bain. The book was excellently written and researched. I know because I reviewed it for a publication. I was a book reviewer for criminal justice books at the time and had to read a lot of poorly written crap. But this book was excellent and quite convincing. Convincing enough that Baltovich got a retrial and was cleared. I am so happy for him, and SO GLAD we don't have the death penalty [although mind you, even in most places with the death penalty since the case was all circumstantial he may have avoided it].

4 comments:

Freak Magnet said...

That's so scary when that happens. It makes freedom all that more precious.

ChickenStrip said...

Wow. This makes you wonder just how often this happens.

Snooze said...

Freak: It's true - I can't imagine being in jail much less knowing you really are innocent

Chicken: Indeed.

Stewie said...

[although mind you, even in most places with the death penalty since the case was all circumstantial he may have avoided it].

While I don't doubt he did it, Scott Peterson got the death penalty on only circumstantial evidence.

I'm pro death penalty, but Peterson's getting it on such little physical evidence against him bothers me somewhat, seeing how he was tried and convicted in the media more than the courtroom.