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Canadian justice, Indigenous injustice : the Gerald Stanley and Colten Boushie case / Kent Roach.

Roach, Kent (author.).

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  • ISBN: 9780773556386
  • ISBN: 97802258000730
  • Physical Description: xvi, 307 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2019.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction -- From treaty to "the white man governs" -- Racialized and politicized rural crime and self-defence -- The investigation, polarization and preliminaries -- Jury selection -- Hang fire? -- Indigenous witnesses on trial -- Murder, manslaughter and phantom self-defence -- Acquittals, decision not to appeal and aftermath -- Can we do better?
Summary, etc.:
"In August 2016 Colten Boushie, a twenty-two-year-old Cree man from Red Pheasant First Nation, was fatally shot on a Saskatchewan farm by white farmer Gerald Stanley. In a trial that bitterly divided Canadians, Stanley was acquitted of both murder and manslaughter by a jury in Battleford with no visible Indigenous representation. In Canadian Justice, Indigenous Injustice Kent Roach critically reconstructs the Gerald Stanley/Colten Boushie case to examine how it may be a miscarriage of justice. Roach provides historical, legal, political, and sociological background to the case including misunderstandings over crime when Treaty 6 was negotiated, the 1885 hanging of eight Indigenous men at Fort Battleford, the role of the RCMP, prior litigation over Indigenous underrepresentation on juries and the racially charged debate about defence of property and rural crime. Drawing on both trial transcripts and research on miscarriages of justice, Roach looks at jury selection, the controversial "hang fire" defence, how the credibility and beliefs of Indigenous witnesses were challenged on the stand, and Gerald Stanley's implicit appeals to self-defence and defence of property, as well as the decision not to appeal the acquittal. Concluding his study, Roach asks whether Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's controversial call to "do better" is possible, given similar cases since Stanley's, the difficulty of reforming the jury or the RCMP and the combination of Indigenous underrepresentation on juries and overrepresention among those victimized and accused of crimes. Informed and timely, Canadian Justice, Indigenous Injustice is a searing account of one case that provides valuable insight into criminal justice, racism and the treatment of Indigenous peoples in Canada."-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Stanley, Gerald (Farmer) > Trials, litigation, etc.
Boushie, Colten > Trials, litigation, etc.
Trials (Murder) > Saskatchewan.
Trials (Manslaughter) > Saskatchewan.
Self-defense (Law) > Saskatchewan.
Rural crimes > Saskatchewan.
Discrimination in criminal justice administration > Saskatchewan.
Criminal justice, Administration of > Saskatchewan.
Racism > Saskatchewan.
Indigenous peoples > Legal status, laws, etc. > Saskatchewan.
Topic Heading: Indigenous.
First Nations Canada.

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