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David Milgaard draws crowd at U of S College of Law

David Milgaard draws a crowd, standing ovation at the University of Saskatchewan Wednesday speaking as advocate for wrongfully convicted.
David Milgaard draws a crowd, standing ovation at the University of Saskatchewan Wednesday speaking as advocate for wrongfully convicted. Meaghan Craig / Global News

SASKATOON – For the first time in nearly a year-and-a-half, David Milgaard returned to Saskatoon to speak at the University of Saskatchewan. He continues to advocate for the wrongfully convicted and it was a packed house at the College of Law’s MLT Lecture Theatre on Wednesday.

For an hour, the captivated audience listened as Milgaard spoke about the time he served in prison for a crime he did not commit and the impact it had on his life.

Milgaard was arrested at the age of 16 and sentenced to life in prison in 1970 for the murder of a Saskatoon nursing assistant, Gail Miller. He was released from prison 23 years later when DNA finally cleared his name.

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Calling Canada’s criminal justice system a failure, he now wants an independent review board established.

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“If we are really concerned about protecting our communities and doing something the way that it should be done we need to adopt a new justice model,” said Milgaard.

Milgaard suggests Canada look to the United Kingdom as a model or reform, where an independent public body reviews possible miscarriages of justice.