David Milgaard in conversation

A panel discussion on the rights to a fair trial and equal treatment before the law.

May 5, 2019

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Close-up of a man’s face looking skyward in a thoughtful pose. He is wearing glasses and there are blurry spots of light in the background. Partially obscured.

Photo: The Canadian Press, Geoff Howe

Event details

Fifty years ago in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, David Milgaard was wrongfully charged with murder when he was just 16 years old. He also spent nearly 23 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.

Free ticket required
CMHR, Bonnie & John Buhler Hall, Level 1

Thanks to the tireless advocacy of his mother Joyce and sustained pressure from the media, Milgaard was finally released from prison on April 14, 1992. 

At this special public event, which caps off the Canadian Association of Journalists 2019 national conference in Winnipeg, Milgaard will discuss how journalists kept his case in the public eye, uncovered new details and eventually helped him walk free.

He will be joined by David Asper, who successfully represented Milgaard in overturning his wrongful conviction, along with Cecil Rosner and Carl Karp, two of the journalists who closely followed his case and wrote the 1991 book, When Justice Fails: The David Milgaard Story. The panel discussion will be moderated by The Globe and Mail’s Jana G. Pruden.

Milgaard’s story is featured in the Museum’s Canadian Journeys gallery to illustrate the fragility of rights to a fair trial and equal treatment before the law.

Free event; free ticket required. Get your ticket online, by phone at 204–289‑2000 or by visiting the Museum’s ticketing desk.

This program is subject to change or cancellation without notice.