Robert Baltovich spent nearly nine years in a Canadian prison for a Toronto-area murder he has always said he didn’t commit, and he was finally cleared Tuesday when prosecutors dropped charges against him. He was convicted in 1992 of killing his then-girlfriend and served nearly nine years before his conviction was overturned on appeal. He has been free since 2000 while a new trial was pending. Evidence of another perpetrator’s possible guilt contributed to prosecutors deciding to drop charges.
“It’s an 18-year nightmare for me. It’s a never-ending nightmare for the (victim’s family),” Baltovich said outside court. “I just hope that one day they can come to accept the fact that I didn’t kill their daughter.
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. (Toronto Star, 04/22/08)
A column in Canada’s National Post today calls for a permanent office charged with reviewing possible wrongful convictions and exonerating the innocent.
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