Real Justice

Real Justice

Fourteen and Sentenced to Death : the Story of Steven Truscott

Book - 2012
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At fourteen, Steve Truscott was a typical teenager in rural Ontario in the fifties, mainly concerned about going fishing, playing football, and racing bikes with his friends. One summer evening, his twelve-year-old classmate, Lynne Harper, asked for a lift to the nearby highway on his bicycle and Steve agreed. Unfortunately, that made Steve the last person known to see Lynne alive.

His world collapsed around him when he was arrested and then convicted of killing Lynne Harper. The penalty at the time was death by hanging. Although the sentence was changed to life in prison, Steve suffered for years behind bars for a murder he didn't commit. When his case gained national attention, the Supreme Court of Canada reviewed the evidence -- and confirmed his conviction.

It took over forty years and a determination to prove his innocence for him to finally clear his name. He has since received an apology and compensation for his ordeal.

In this book, young readers will discover how an innocent boy was presumed guilty by the justice system, and how in the end, that same justice system, prodded by Truscott and his lawyers, was able to acknowledge the terrible wrong done to him.

[Fry reading level - 4.8

Publisher: Toronto : Lorimer, c2012.
ISBN: 9781459400740
Characteristics: 152 p. :,ill., map, ports. ;,23 cm.
Alternative Title: Fourteen and sentenced to death


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Jul 05, 2014

Very good book . I remember hearing about this when I was younger and again as an adult. Thought it was so sad that such a young man would be convicted of such a horrible crime. This book sets straight the facts of the injustice that was thrust upon Steven Truscott , his family and friends that KNEW him to be INNOCENT. Sad story as well as being triumphant and glad I read it to understand more of what really took place.

VaughanPLAlexandra May 12, 2013

Real Justice provides an interesting glimpse into the Canadian legal system during the late 1950s. It’s also a shocking example of what can go wrong when people with power make poor decisions, decisions that will cost a young man his freedom.

VaughanPLDaniela Apr 15, 2013


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