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Unlucky to the End: The Story of Janise Marie Gamble
     

Unlucky to the End: The Story of Janise Marie Gamble

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by Richard Pound
 

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On 12 March 1976 Calgary police officer Allan Keith Harrison was shot and killed following a robbery at the Ingleside Credit Union. By the end of that year, Janise Marie Gamble, a twenty-one year-old girl from small-town Ontario, had been convicted of murder and given a sentence of life imprisonment with no possibility of parole for twenty-five years. It was clear

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On 12 March 1976 Calgary police officer Allan Keith Harrison was shot and killed following a robbery at the Ingleside Credit Union. By the end of that year, Janise Marie Gamble, a twenty-one year-old girl from small-town Ontario, had been convicted of murder and given a sentence of life imprisonment with no possibility of parole for twenty-five years. It was clear that Gamble had not fired the shot that killed Harrison, but it was less clear whether she had participated in the robbery that had led to his murder.

In Unlucky to the End Richard Pound provides a thought-provoking examination of the circumstances of the robbery, the subsequent flight of the suspects and murder of the police officer, and the hostage scene that led to the death of one of the robbers. Using transcripts from the Calgary trial he explores Gamble's conviction and details the efforts that, after fourteen years in the desolate Kingston Prison for Women, finally led to her parole.

Pound argues that Gamble's first degree murder sentence was based on legislation not in force at the time the crime was committed, resulting in a much harsher sentence than would have applied under the existing law. The ongoing enforcement of that sentence violated the prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment contained in the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780773533004
Publisher:
Mcgill-Queens University Press
Publication date:
08/08/2007
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Richard W. Pound is a senior partner at Stikeman, Elliott, chancellor of McGill University, and chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

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