Joyce Milgaard and Greg Parsons


Compensation for wrongfully convicted Greg Parsons
and reviews of justice systems:

Do we need a federal judicial inquiry into the wrongdoings of Saskatchewan Justice?

Nipawin - Tuesday, March 4, 2002 - by: Mario deSantis


There is so much injustice in our world and my today's visit to the web site of injusticebusters was another opportunity to reflect on the need to have a national inquiry into the justice system across Canada.




Also, injusticebusters points to the societal wrongs as we continue personality cult in portraying our false heroes, such as former Saskatchewan premier Roy Romanow, president George Bush, or former secretary of state Henry Kissinger. Our heroes are civil citizens who work for peace and justice for all rather than the fortunate sons who work for making ever more money, more wars and more injustices.




The latest hero is Greg Parsons, who without a shred of evidence and because of hearsay, was wrongfully convicted in the murder of his mother which occurred in 1989. Parsons was only nineteen when his mother was murdered and he was convicted for the murder and sentenced to life in February 1994. DNA testing exonerated him in February 1998, and now after an eleven year struggle to find a job and care for his family he has received $650,000 compensation from the Newfoundland government on 'humanitarian ground'.




But Greg Parsons doesn't agree with the humanitarian compensation of the Newfoundland government and has said
"I don't agree that it's humanitarian. I asked [former premier] Brian Tobin himself for a job, and now, all of a sudden, it's a humanitarian thing... I'm trying not to be too angry today. I'm not overly happy about it, but I'm glad that my family is not going to have to want for groceries and that kind of thing, the way we've been living... I'm just glad I got my life together on my own, thank God, no help from the government."




Other miscarriages of justice have occurred in Newfoundland. Among these was the case of Randy Druken who was convicted in 1995 of killing his girlfriend and exonerated after a jail informant recanted his testimony against him. Another case involved Ronald Dalton who was convicted in 1988 of strangling his wife to death and freed after serving nine years in prison when two forensic experts testified that his wife had choked on food.




The Newfoundland government has promised a thorough review of Greg Parsons' case, and this review follows the steps taken by other provincial governments in reviewing what is wrong with their justice systems.




Manitoba has reported on the wrongful 1981 murder conviction of Thomas Sophonow; Ontario is probing into what went wrong in the conviction of Guy Paul Morin for a 1984 sex killing he did not commit; and Nova Scotia created a royal commission to report on the wrongful 1971 murder conviction of Donald Marshall.




But Saskatchewan people have to wait to find out what is wrong with the alleged criminal activities of the Saskatoon police department and of his police SuperIntendent Brian Dueck. In Saskatchewan, we have a Saskatchewan Justice which polices its own Saskatchewan Justice, we have the police which polices its own police, and it is time to have for Saskatchewan Justice a federal judicial inquiry as the Scandal of the Century is being covered up by Saskatchewan Justice. Saskatchewan Justice was supposed to have a public inquiry into the wrongful conviction that left David Milgaard imprisoned for twenty-three years and yet this Saskatchewan Justice continues to protect her fortunate sons. Joyce Milgaard has recently stated


"I just feel that it's really important that they [Saskatchewan Justice] stop dragging their feet and get the inquiry put forward. Why is it taking so long? All the people that were responsible for this will be dead before it gets into court."



time for

An understanding is developing that we cannot trust Saskatchewan Justice anymore, and that a federal judicial inquiry is required to look into the wrongdoings of Saskatchewan Justice.
  Where justice stumbled Editorial, page A10, Globe and Mail, March 4, 2002
  injusticebusters' coverage of Parsons' case injusticebusters
  Saskatoon (and Sask.) Police: Three years of infamy injusticebusters
  Superintendent Brian George Dueck injusticebusters
  Scandal of the Century injusticebusters
  The inquiry into Milgaard should be expanded to include a complete review of Saskatchewan Justice injusticebusters