Searching for Justice: An Autobiography

Searching for Justice: An Autobiography

by Fred Kaufman


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The Honourable Fred Kaufman has been a distinguished figure in Canadian law for a half century. Born into a middle-class Jewish family in mid-1920s Vienna, Kaufman escaped to England on the eve of the Second World War. In 1940, he was interned as an 'enemy alien' and sent to Canada. Released in 1942, Kaufman stayed in Canada where he went on to university and law school in Montreal.

Kaufman was called to the Bar of Quebec in 1955 and practiced criminal law for eighteen years, taking part in many of the famous cases of that period. In 1960, he secured the release of a young Pierre Elliott Trudeau from prison, and in 1973, Trudeau returned the favour by personally informing Kaufman of his appointment to the Quebec Court of Appeal, where he served for eighteen years, including one as Acting Chief Justice of Quebec. Since his retirement in 1991, Kaufman has led numerous commissions and inquiries, most notably the investigation into the wrongful conviction of Guy Paul Morin and the two-year reassessment of the Steven Truscott case.

Searching for Justice is Kaufman's remarkable story in his own words. It is the tale of adversity overcome in a crucial period of Canadian legal history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802090515
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 11/03/2005
Series: Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History Series
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.21(w) x 9.29(h) x 1.15(d)

About the Author

Fred Kaufman is a former justice of the Quebec Court of Appeal.

Table of Contents

foreword preface
1 In the Beginning
2 Safe Haven
3 Guest of His Majesty
4 Freedom Regained
5 Newspaper Days
6 The Asbestos Strike
7 Law School
8 A New Career
9 Insanity and Other Matters
10 A Future Prime Minister
11 To Be Hanged by the Neck
12 St Vincent de Paul
13 Of Heart Transplants and Other Things
14 The Tax That Wasn't
15 The Computer Riot
16 McGill Français
17 Apprehended Insurrection
18 The Art of Cross-Examination
19 Some Personal Notes
20 Politics
21 The Bench
22 Return to Practice
23 Guy Paul Morin
24 Nova Scotia
25 Four More Investigations
26 The Truscott Case
epilogue notes index

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