Real Justice: Convicted for Being Mi'kmaq: The story of Donald Marshall Jr.

Real Justice: Convicted for Being Mi'kmaq: The story of Donald Marshall Jr.

by Bill Swan

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When a black teen was murdered in a Sydney, Cape Breton park late one night, his young companion, Donald Marshall Jr., became a prime suspect. Sydney police coached two teens to testify against Donald which helped convict him of a murder he did not commit. He spent 11 years in prison until he finally got a lucky break. Not only was he eventually acquitted of the crime, but a royal commission inquiry into his wrongful conviction found that a non-aboriginal youth would not have been convicted in the first place. Donald became a First Nations activist and later won a landmark court case in favour of native fishing rights. He was often referred to as the "reluctant hero" of the Mi'kmaq community.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781459404403
Publisher: James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Publication date: 03/01/2013
Series: Lorimer Real Justice Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 184
Lexile: HL770L (what's this?)
File size: 502 KB
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

BILL SWAN is the author of nine Sports Stories novels and another Real Justice title on Steven Truscott, which won the 2013 Red Maple Non Fiction Award. Bill is retired from Durham College and teaches online courses in journalism and business writing. He lives in Courtice, Ontario.
BILL SWAN has worked as a journalism teacher, editor and newspaper columnist. He has written eleven books for children. Mud Run was nominated for a Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award and Real Justice: Fourteen and Sentenced to Death is shortlisted for the 2013 Red Maple Non Fiction Award. He lives in Courtice, Ontario with his wife and daughter.

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