by a co-conspirator
Kingston [Ontario] is also the national prison capital, with six penal
institutions in and around the city. This includes the oldest prison — Kingston Pen.
In October 1993 six guards enetered the cell of a black inmate and
“extracted” him to death. They were exonerated by
Corrections Canada, the police and the local crown attorney, but the
mother of the dead prisoner took the evidence before a judge and got
charges laid against the murderers.
That is to say the judge saw that there was enough
prima facie evidence that he would think
that the case should continue in front of a jury. The crown,
shit themselves because they were about to be exposed. The evidence was
kept secret by court order on request from the crown.
It was obvious that the State was out to squash the case so wanted
posters were made for the guards. The posters treated the guards in a
manner similar to the way a gang of black men who had killed one white
man would have ben treated by the local police. The police insignia and
phone numbers were on the poster.
The cops were most unhappy and blanketed the city within about ten
minutes of our starting to poster. Me and a buddy got busted. The
police finally found a law to try out on us called criminal libel. This
was a very rarely used section of the criminal code and was quite
The Canadian Civil Liberties Assoc.
defended us for free and below is a page from the decision. This shows
the “inflammatory” wording of the posters and the dates.
We won the decision and the law was struck down as unconstitutional. It
had been used in the past to convict folks for “libelling”
by calling him reactionary, a cop for calling him dishonest
etc. This case got a few
national news spots that helped refocus attention on the fact that the
guards were getting off scot free. For some reason that had not been
newsworthy on its own!
During our trials the crown “took over” the murder case and
proceeded to drop the charges!!!! There is a coroner’s enquiry
about the death going on right now.