“For 15 years I’ve been fighting for my life. That’s what this is about to me.”
Stuck in an already difficult life, James Driskell’s father was murdered at the age of 44. James and Perry were both arrested on various offences following the police discovering and searching their “chop shop,” where the two chopped stolen vehicles and sold its parts. On September 30, a train passenger happened to spot Perry’s body near the train tracks. Police believed that James was responsible for Perry’s death.
James would spend the next 13 years in prison for a crime that he did not commit. If the miscarriage of justice that James suffered had never come to light – which could easily have happened, as will be seen below – James would likely still be in prison as he would not be eligible for parole until 2016.
Perhaps the root cause was the “tunnel vision” on behalf of police and prosecutors, who were so determined to make their case against James that they resorted to unethical lengths to secure a conviction.
On March 3, 2005, Minister of Justice Irwin Cotler quashed James’ murder conviction. On December 7, 2005, the Government of Manitoba called a Public Inquiry into the causes of James’ wrongful conviction.