New trial ordered for former Quebec judge convicted of murdering his wife

Canada's Justice Minister David Lametti is ordering a new trial for former Quebec judge Jacques Delisle, convicted in 2012 of the first-degree murder of his wife.

The Canadian Criminal Code allows for a review of a conviction.

But before deciding to order a new trial, the minister of justice must be satisfied that there are "reasonable grounds to conclude that a miscarriage of justice likely occurred."

That is the case here, because new information has come to light that was not before the courts at the time of Jacques Delisle's trial and appeal, the justice minister said in a news release.

This does not constitute an acquittal: Jacques Delisle will have to stand trial again.

He had been sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for 25 years.

In 2013, the Quebec Court of Appeal had rejected his appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada then refused to take up the case.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 7, 2021.

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