Now that Robert Baltovich has finally been acquitted of the murder of his girlfriend Elizabeth Bain and freed, it's time to look at the behavior of the judge at his first trial. Baltovich was convicted despite the fact he supposedly drove 100 kilometres driving a standard transmission car when, in fact, he couldn't drive a standard. Evidence, even then, pointed towards the "Scarborough Rapist". The judge in the case, John O'Driscoll, said Baltovich was undeserving of any mercy.
Today, after a long incarceration for a crime he did not commit and a nightmarishly long and expensive series of court cases, Baltovich is cleared. The Crown admitted it had no case.
But more than a decade ago, it got a conviction with the same non-evidence. Something went terribly wrong and it needs to be fixed.