Fifty years ago in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, David Milgaard was wrongfully charged with murder when he was just 16 years old. He then spent 23 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.
Thanks to the tireless advocacy of his mother Joyce and sustained pressure from the media, Milgaard was finally exonerated and was released from prison on April 14, 1992.
At this special public event, which caps off the Canadian Association of Journalists 2019 national conference in Winnipeg, Milgaard will discuss how journalists kept his case in the public eye, uncovered new details and eventually helped him walk free.
He will be joined by David Asper, who successfully represented Milgaard in overturning his wrongful conviction, along with Cecil Rosner and Carl Karp, two of the journalists who closely followed his case and wrote the 1991 book, When Justice Fails: The David Milgaard Story. The panel discussion will be moderated by The Globe and Mail’s Jana G. Pruden.
Milgaard’s story is featured in the Museum’s Canadian Journeys gallery to illustrate the fragility of rights to a fair trial and equal treatment before the law.
Where: Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Bonnie & John Buhler Hall, Level 1
When: Sunday, May 5, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Cost: Free ticket required
This program is subject to change or cancellation without notice.