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Alumni Cafe Series: Wrongful Convictions in Canada

ALUMNI CAFÉ: Wrongful Convictions in Canada


A Conversation with James Lockyer and Ron Dalton

The Woodsworth College Alumni Association invites you to the first lecture of the Alumni Cafe series, "Wrongful Convictions in Canada," a conversation with James Lockyer and Ron Dalton. 

The conversation will take place in a virtual format over the Zoom platform. Registration is required.

Ron Dalton was convicted on December 15, 1989, for the murder of his wife, Brenda Dalton, who died on August 16, 1988, in Gander, Newfoundland. He was found guilty of second-degree murder and sentenced to life imprisonment with no possibility of parole for a minimum of ten years. Ron waited eight years in prison to have his appeal heard and it took twelve years for the truth to come out, that no crime was committed and Ron was an innocent man. Ron tells his story on Falsely Accused: Ronald Dalton's Struggle and how his wrongful conviction changed his and his family’s life forever.

James Lockyer obtained his LLB at the University of Nottingham in 1971 and is a member of the Bar in England.  From 1972 until 1977, he was an Assistant Professor at the Law Faculties of McGill University and the University of Windsor.  In 1977 he was called to the Ontario Bar and began to practice criminal law.  He has been a criminal lawyer for 40 years. He is the Founding Partner of Lockyer Campbell Posner and a founding director of Innocence Canada (formerly the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted or AIDWYC), a Canada-wide organization that advocates for the wrongly convicted.  In that capacity, he has been involved in several high-profile wrongful conviction cases including those of Guy Paul Morin, David Milgaard, Gregory Parsons, Thomas Sophonow, Clayton Johnson, James Driskell, Steven Truscott, William Mullins-Johnson, Erin Walsh, Robert Baltovich, Anthony Hanemaayer, Kyle Unger, Sherry Sherrett-Robinson, Romeo Phillion, Jack White, Dinesh Kumar, Richard Brant, Tammy Marquardt, Leighton Hay, John Salmon, Maria Shepherd, Gordon Folland and Peter Frumusa. Since 1992, Mr Lockyer’s practice has been primarily in the field of wrongful convictions.