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Today’s TIE #FlashFiveFriday comes from Cynthia Hill:
I’ve always had a fascination with the law. Too many courtroom dramas on television, I suppose. The sad thing is that I probably know more about the US justice system than the Canadian one, because of pop culture. Still, it’s one of those things that I get hooked on, and can’t let go of, when I develop an interest in a certain case. For example, the case of Stephen Truscott, accused of murdering Lynn Harper in 1959, when he was only thirteen years old and living on an army base with his father. He spent years in jail, only to eventually be released and allowed to live under an assumed name, because of his notoriety. I was completely fascinated by the case as a teenager. Nothing about it seemed right to me. I devoured books, old and new. I watched television documentaries. As an adult, I read internet articles.
It was only in the past decade that Stephen Truscott decided to shed his anonymity and come forward, under his own name, to try and clear his name once and for all. It was shocking to see the boy I’d seen pictures of, now as a middle-aged man.
I think it’s the fight for justice that I find fascinating. How some people are truly tried in the court of public opinion. Is there ever such a thing as a fair trial?
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