Milgaard Inquiry

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Milgaards Still under Fire

Catherine Knox, representing former Crown prosecutor Bobs Caldwell at the inquiry, suggested that Joyce Milgaard and her defense team made several remarks and accusations against certain people, including Caldwell, that were false.

Many times over the years, Joyce referred to a knife that was found near Gail Miller's body, which she believed that Caldwell had ignored. It has now been firmly established that the knife was unrelated to the murder. Milgaard conceded this fact but said that she still could not "wash him clean" and the inquiry had to remember that during this period of time, she was unable to trust the police, the prosecutors, her own original defense lawyer and the criminal justice system in general.

Joyce was also accused by Knox of saying that Calvin Tallis, David Milgaard's own lawyer, had withheld important information at his trial and that in the 1980s, the Saskatoon police told witnesses not to talk to her. Joyce acknowledges now that the police only told witnesses that they didn't have to speak with her, but she refuses to apologize for any of the above statements that she made that may have been incorrect. She wants people to realize that she was understandably distrustful of the entire system because her innocent son spent 23 years behind bars for a crime that he did not commit.

Sigrid Mac


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