Donald Marshall Jr. died this week at age 55. That is too young to shuffle off this mortal coil in most cases.
The mainstream media (read trendy lefty) have tried to portray Marshall over the years as an icon and a rights activist. He was nothing of the sort.
In 1971, when he was 17, Marshall and his partner in crime, Roy Ebsary, set out to commit a violent robbery of a man in a Sydney, NS park. During the course of that crime, the intended victim Sandy Seale, was stabbed and died as a result. Marshall was charged in the case and convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Which, I would argue, was emminently fair. However, the politically correct got involved and because he was aboriginal and he didn’t actually wield the knife, (Ebsary did) he became an icon and was painted as “wrongfully convicted.”
He may have been wrongfully convicted of the specific charge, but that is legal hair-splitting. Marshall deserved to be in jail for his participation in the crime that resulted in the death of Sandy Seale and that is the reality the hand-wringers simply won’t deal with.
I suppose there is a legal argument here, but there is equally an argument that as a party to the offence of robbery, the murder that resulted made him as guilty as though he wielded the knife. And in that case, he was not wrongfully convicted in the least. And The Criminal Code of Canada supports that assertion. Could that position be argued at bar? Certainly.
But, that is a far cry from making Marshall the martyr of the justice system as the media has done.
In point of fact, after he was released form prison and given a King’s ransom of taxpayer’s money as his reward for participating in a robbery and murder, he has been in and out of the justice system from everything from fishing out of season to assaulting his wife.
Terrific, what a prince and a role model.
I don’t wish ill of anyone. That Donald Marshall is dead prematurely I am sure is sad for his family and those who cared for him. But it is not a momentous event for the country as portrayed. Nor was he the aboriginal rights activist as he has been portrayed in the media. He was a violent criminal who may have served a little more time in jail because he was charged with the wrong crime than he actually committed, even though that is arguable. But that’s it. That’s the length and breadth of his story. Or at least that should be the length and breadth of this story were it not for a politically correct and pliant media.