OTTAWA — Federal Justice Minister David Lametti is ordering a new trial for a former Quebec judge convicted in 2012 of first-degree murder in the death of his wife.
The Department of Justice said today in a news release that Lametti has decided it is reasonable to conclude a miscarriage of justice likely occurred in the case of Jacques Delisle.
The department says that decision is based on new information that wasn’t presented in court during Delisle’s trial or appeal.
Delisle was found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his wife, Marie Nicole Rainville, and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.
His appeal was dismissed in 2013, and the Supreme Court of Canada refused to hear his case.
The Justice Department says the case has been transferred to the Quebec Superior Court for a new trial.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 7, 2021.
The Canadian Press