The cases of Guy Paul Morin and David Milgaard.

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On hearing the names David Milgaard and Guy Paul Morin some of the things that come to mind are justice, betrayal and redemption. The trials of David Milgaard and Guy Paul Morin are among the most discussed criminal law cases in Canadian history. Two innocent men arrested, stigmatized, imprisoned and convicted. How do innocent people get wrongfully convicted? You may think it odd but it can and does happen. These two men were deprived of a very large portion of their life and although money was eventually awarded to one of them, it cannot turn back time and replace all the years wasted. Their lives were interrupted in such a horrible way, both living a nightmare that they believed to have no end, although they were innocent. The criminal proceedings against Guy Paul Morin and David Milgaard represent a tragedy not only for themselves and their families but also for the community at large: the system failed them.#

This essay will show how David Milgaard and Guy Paul Morin were wrongfully branded criminals, how the judicial system failed and how technology was used to exonerate them

All the evidence collected for both the cases implicated Milgaard and Morin as the culprits of these horrific crimes, but "proof does not equal truth."# Milgaard's friends' testimony is what made law officials suspect him:

Early in the morning of January 31, 1969, Milgaard, Nichol

John and Ronald Wilson drove from Regina to Saskatoon.

The evidence of Nichol John and the final recantation of

Ronald Wilson indicates that in Saskatoon, sometime

before 7:00 a.m. on that morning they stopped a woman

walking by their car to ask for directions. Shortly after that,

the car became stuck, Wilson and Milgaard got out of the

car and walked away in different directions to seek

assistance. Wilson...