What Was David Milgaard Death Cause? Advocate Compensation and Settlement After Wrong Accused

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David Milgaard, who was falsely convicted for the 1969 rape and murder of nursing assistant Gail Miller, died on May 15, 2022, in a Calgary hospital at the age of 69 after a short illness.

David Milgaard died in a Calgary hospital after serving 23 years in jail for a crime.

He spent more than two decades in prison after being wrongly convicted of murder.

He was granted $10 million by the federal government in 1999 for his erroneous conviction, the highest criminal compensation package in Canadian legal history.

What Was David Milgaard Death Cause?

David Milgaard's family revealed that he fell unwell unexpectedly late Saturday night. He was admitted to a Calgary hospital, where he died.  

Although the actual cause of death is unknown, family members confirmed that he did not have COVID-19.

Milgaard was convicted of murdering a Saskatoon nursing aide when he was only 17 years old, in 1970.

In April 1992, he was released from prison after federal Justice Minister Kim Campbell requested that the Supreme Court evaluate fresh evidence in his case.

Larry Fisher, a serial rapist who had perpetrated a number of severe assaults in Saskatoon both before and after the murder for which Milgaard was convicted, was one of the new suspects.

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David Milgaard Advocate Compensation and Settlement

Milgaard attempted multiple times to overturn his conviction but was blocked by bureaucracy and an unresponsive legal system.

His formal appeal was filed in 1988, but it was not heard until 1991 when Liberal MP Lloyd Axworthy delivered a speech in Parliament.

The federal government asked the Supreme Court of Canada to consider a reference question, and the court recommended that Milgaard's conviction be overturned.

Then-Minister of Justice and future Prime Minister Kim Campbell ordered a new trial for Milgaard on the murder charge under section 690 of the Criminal Code.

However, the Saskatchewan government announced that it would not do so, instead of entering a stay of proceedings in Milgaard's case and freeing him on April 16, 1992.

David Milgaard Was Wrongfully Convicted 

The Saskatchewan government launched a royal commission to investigate Milgaard's wrongful conviction on September 30, 2003, and Justice Edward P. MacCallum was appointed as the commissioner on February 20, 2004.

Later, Douglas Hodson was named commission counsel.

Don Morgan, Saskatchewan's Minister of Justice, released the Milgaard inquiry's conclusions on September 26, 2008.

One of the recommendations was for the federal government to establish an impartial agency to investigate claims of wrongful conviction.

Milgaard might have been released from prison years before he was if such a body existed, according to the investigation.

In 1980, Larry Fisher's ex-wife, Linda Fisher, paid a visit to the Saskatoon police station.

She informed the cops she thought her ex-husband was the one who killed Miller. Her statement was not followed up on by the Saskatoon police department. 

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