Thomas Sophonow

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Thomas Sophonow (born March 1953 [1] ) is a Canadian who was wrongfully convicted of murder and whose case was the subject of a major judicial inquiry. Sophonow was tried three times in the 1981 murder of doughnut-shop clerk Barbara Stoppel. Sophonow spent four years imprisoned. In 1985, he was acquitted by the Manitoba Court of Appeal. [2] A commission of inquiry was called by the province of Manitoba which led to the 2001 release of the Thomas Sophonow Inquiry Report. [3] [4] [5] This inquiry was led by former Supreme Court justice Peter Cory. [2] As a result of this report, Manitoba revised its policy of using prisoners in-custody as informants. This policy is located at Appendix F of the report. [6] The inquiry also made 43 recommendations [2] of which 11 related to the Province of Manitoba. [5]

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References

  1. "Thomas Sophonow's background". Government of Manitoba . Retrieved 2011-09-02.
  2. 1 2 3 Canada's wrongful convictions - Cases where the courts got it wrong Retrieved April 21, 2011.
  3. Wrongly Convicted Database Record Retrieved April 21, 2011.
  4. Province Calls Commission of Inquiry into Thomas Sophonow Case Retrieved April 21, 2011.
  5. 1 2 Sophonow Inquiry Report Released Retrieved April 21, 2011.
  6. Thomas Sophonow Inquiry Report Retrieved April 21, 2011.