AJAs 2016 Finalists


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On November 12, 1995, a 28-year-old woman named Brenda Way was brutally murdered behind an apartment building in Dartmouth’s North End. Four years later, Way’s former boyfriend Glen Assoun was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 18 and a half years. In November 2014, Justice James Chipman ordered Assoun released from prison, calling Assoun's conviction a "probable miscarriage of justice." Tim Bousquet wondered how it came to be that a man spent 16 years in prison for a murder he likely did not commit. The result is a fascinating look at a marginalized culture of sex workers and the people who prey upon them, and a police and justice system that has failed to solve the murders of scores of women.

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This series is ongoing. The three instalments dealing with the murder of Brenda Way and the probable wrongful conviction of Glen Assoun took 13 months to investigate. About $3,000 was spent on research.

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