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Attorney General Responds To Wrongful Conviction

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Attorney General Responds To Wrongful Conviction

McGuinty Government Compensates Joseph Dean Webber

Ministry of the Attorney General

The government is providing Joseph Dean Webber with $392,500, plus legal costs, in compensation for his wrongful conviction and imprisonment.

In January 2010, the Ontario Court of Appeal set aside Mr. Webber's convictions and entered acquittals. The Court found that fresh evidence clearly demonstrated that Mr. Webber did not commit the crimes he had been convicted of.

This payment is being provided under the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Guidelines for Compensation of the Wrongfully Convicted.

Quick Facts

  • The Federal-Provincial-Territorial Guidelines for Compensation of the Wrongfully Convicted contain a number of criteria which must be met in order for a person to be considered eligible for compensation. Factual innocence is the basic mandatory eligibility requirement.
  • Mr. Webber spent 594 days in custody before the Ontario Court of Appeal heard his appeal, admitted the fresh evidence and overturned his convictions.

Quotes

“The Court of Appeal extended its apologies to Mr. Webber and today, on behalf of the Government of Ontario, I'd like to offer my sincere apologies to Mr. Webber for the miscarriage of justice that occurred. It is my hope that Mr. Webber and his family will now be able to move forward and put these events behind them. We wish Mr. Webber well in his future endeavours.”

John Gerretsen

Attorney General

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