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Real Justice: Guilty of Being Weird: The Story of Guy Paul Morin
     

Real Justice: Guilty of Being Weird: The Story of Guy Paul Morin

by Cynthia J. Faryon
 

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At twenty-four, Guy Paul Morin was considered a bit strange. He still lived at home, drove his parents' car, kept bees in the backyard, and grew flowers to encourage the hives. He played the saxophone and clarinet in three bands and loved the swing music of the 1940s.

In the small Ontario town where he lived, this meant Guy Paul stood out. So when the

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At twenty-four, Guy Paul Morin was considered a bit strange. He still lived at home, drove his parents' car, kept bees in the backyard, and grew flowers to encourage the hives. He played the saxophone and clarinet in three bands and loved the swing music of the 1940s.

In the small Ontario town where he lived, this meant Guy Paul stood out. So when the nine-year-old girl next door went missing, the police were convinced that Morin was responsible for the little girl s murder. Over the course of eight years, police manipulated witnesses and tampered with evidence to target and convict an innocent man. It took ten years and the just-developed science of DNA testing to finally clear his name.

This book tells his story, showing how the justice system not only failed to help an innocent young man, but conspired to convict him. It also shows how a determined group of people dug up the evidence and forced the judicial system to give him the justice he deserved.

[Fry Reading Level - 5.0]

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—On October 3, 1984, nine-year-old Christine Jessop got off the school bus but never returned home. On July 30, 1992, a Canadian court convicted her next-door neighbor, 32-year-old Guy Paul Morin, of the first-degree rape and murder of Christine. Through two separate trials, Morin had maintained his innocence. In 1995, new DNA testing became available, exonerating him. An inquiry into the handling of this high-profile case revealed many failings in the police investigation, handling of evidence, and the Canadian legal system itself. This book investigates the events, from the disappearance to the results of the inquiry. Structured like a data log, each chapter covers a specific date. Townspeople regarded Morin as "weird" and "creepy," which contributed in the police's determination to make him the prime suspect. However, aside from his taste in swing music and beekeeping, readers learn little about the wrongly convicted man. Teens interested in CSI can turn a critical eye to badly executed procedures and biased criminal investigation. The FBI profiler's recommendations on how to stage the interrogation room are compelling. Fictionalized dialogue has been incorporated into the book as stated in the opening note. However, the choppy organization by date and the differences between the Canadian and American legal system will limit the book's appeal. Students interested in forensic sciences and criminal investigation can explore the "Crime Scene Investigations" series (Lucent).—June Shimonishi, Torrance Public Library, CA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781459400948
Publisher:
James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Publication date:
09/12/2012
Series:
Lorimer Real Justice Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
1,008,553
Lexile:
900L (what's this?)
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

CYNTHIA J. FARYON has worked as a legal assistant and teen counsellor. She began her writing career in 1999 and is now the author of eleven books, including Real Justice: Sentenced to Life at Seventeen - The story of David Milgaard. She lives in Richer, Manitoba.
CYNTHIA J. FARYON is an internationally published author and freelance writer residing in Victoria, BC. Canadian born, she focuses her writing on Canadian content, covering topics such as travel, family issues, biography and history.

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