It’s the latest in one man’s fight for compensation after spending 27 years in prison.
The first day of what is expected to be a three-month long hearing in the Supreme Court.
68-year-old Ivan Henry had ten convictions quashed in October of 2010.
That this is taking place at all, a case that is effectively a compensation call, is unusual. That’s according to Henry’s lawyer John Laxton.
He says it’s the first time a case like this was not settled out of court.
Laxton told the court that his client was effectively on “death row” for the years he spent in prison with any cell mate he was placed with a potential threat.
Henry is taking on the city, the province, and the feds in this trial, with all three contesting his claim for compensation.
Henry is claiming that police mishandled and failed to disclosed evidence that would’ve acquitted him; also that the province engaged in misconduct with its prosecution and the federal government didn’t properly review his conviction.
This is after the Supreme Court of Canada awarded him the right to sue last March.