A prosecutor who convicted Romeo Phillion of murder in 1972 swore yesterday that he would never suppress evidence - but then conceded that the Phillion defence team may have been inadvertently misled on several occasions.
Testifying at a rare hearing into the case of Mr. Phillion, who spent 31 years in prison for the 1967 murder of Ottawa firefighter Leopold Roy, prosecutor Malcolm Lindsay led off with an unequivocal assertion.
"I just wouldn't suppress evidence that would be useful to an accused's defence," Mr. Lindsay declared to Crown counsel Lucy Cecchetto. "All I can rely on is my own practice at the time and my own integrity. I disclosed evidence that was favourable to the defence."
However, Phil Campbell, a lawyer representing Mr. Phillion at the Ontario Court of Appeal hearing, accused Mr. Lindsay of going to great lengths to prevent Mr. Phillion's lawyer at the time, Arthur Cogan, from learning that police had verified his client's alibi.