Introduction

In this report, I respectfully submit my advice and recommendations on the question of compensation for Steven Truscott.

Among the growing ranks of the wrongfully convicted, Mr. Truscott stands apart. He was convicted at the age of 14, sentenced to death by hanging, the subject of an unprecedented Reference to the Supreme Court of Canada in 1966, on parole for almost 40 years living under an assumed name, and the subject of enduring public interest and widespread concern mat he was the victim of a miscarriage of justice.

As a result, while I have carefully considered other decisions relating to compensation for wrongfully convicted persons, and the writings of scholarly commentators, I have been mindful throughout of the fact that Mr. Truscott's case is unique. It raises highly unusual considerations, all of which I have sought to take into account in fulfilling my mandate.

For the reasons that follow, I have come to the conclusion that compensation should be paid to Mr. Truscott.


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