A prime suspect painted with a bullseye by police afflicted with tunnel vision. Check
A dubious eyewitness who identifies the suspect with certainty at trial. Check
An overzealous prosecutor who would go to any length to get a conviction. Check
Sound familiar? The prosecution of Mark Stobbe follows the blueprint for a wrongful conviction exactly as writ large in a series of public inquiries in Manitoba in recent years.
The only difference is that in those inquiries (Sophonow, Driskell, Unger) the juries convicted the accused on the evidence presented to them, and it was the NDP government that had to concoct reasons, such as those above, to toss the guilty verdicts, hold staged show trials to exonerate the convicted men on bogus grounds, and pay millions in compensation (except for a surprised Kyle Unger who got nothing.)
In the case of Mark Stobbe, the egregious behaviour of police and prosecutors was real…