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Cases like Colten Boushie's are handled unjustly, and there's nothing wrong with saying that: Neil Macdonald

February 13, 2018 9:00 AM
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Cases like Colten Boushie's are handled unjustly, and there's nothing wrong with saying that: Neil Macdonald

Justice must be seen to be done, not just done

The facts are these: an all-white jury, deliberating under the supervision of a white judge, decided that a white farmer, Gerald Stanley, who killed a young Indigenous man, Colten Boushie, was not guilty of murder. The farmer argued that his gun just went off.

Let us pause here for a moment and flip the telescope. Had an all-Indigenous jury, selected under the supervision of an Indigenous judge, acquitted an Indigenous farmer of murdering a young white man,

what would the reaction have been? That scenario is utterly unrealistic, but to ask the question is to answer it.

Source: cbc.ca

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