Real Justice: Convicted for Being Mi'kmaq
The story of Donald Marshall Jr.
From the Series Lorimer Real Justice
When a black teen was murdered in a Sydney, Cape Breton park late one night, his young companion, Donald Marshall Jr., became a prime suspect. Sydney police coached two teens to testify against Donald which helped convict him of a murder he did not commit. He spent 11 years in prison until he finally got a lucky break. Not only was he eventually acquitted of the crime, but a royal commission inquiry into his wrongful conviction found that a non-aboriginal youth would not have been convicted in the first place. Donald became a First Nations activist and later won a landmark court case in favor of native fishing rights. He was often referred to as the “reluctant hero” of the Mi’kmaq community.
|Interest Level||Grade 9 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 5|
|Genre||High/Low, Nonfiction, Young Adult|
|Publisher||Lorimer & Company, Ltd.|
|Imprint||Lorimer Children & Teens|
|Number of Pages||184|
Author: Bill Swan
Bill Swan is the author of nine Sports Stories novels and another Real Justice title on Steven Truscott, which won the 2013 Red Maple Non Fiction Award. Bill lives in Courtice, Ontario.