Supreme Court will not hear Fisher appeal
August 26, 2004
Larry Fisher leaves court in this 1999 file photo. (CP/Jeff McIntosh)
OTTAWA (CP) - The man convicted of the brutal murder and rape that kept David Milgaard wrongfully imprisoned for 23 years will not be able to appeal his case to the Supreme Court of Canada.
The court, as per custom, did not give reasons for its decision Thursday to dismiss Larry Fisher's appeal application. The decision clears the way for an inquiry planned by the Saskatchewan government into what went wrong in Milgaard's case.
Public hearings could begin some time after September, but likely wouldn't start until some time in 2005, said inquiry officials.
If the court had agreed to hear Fisher's appeal, the inquiry would have been postponed until the process was concluded.
Fisher was convicted in 1999 of the first-degree murder of Gail Miller, a 20-year-old Saskatoon nursing assistant who had been raped and repeatedly stabbed 30 years earlier.
Fisher lost his first appeal in September 2003 in the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal.