imagesThe Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear an appeal of the murder conviction of Jacques Delisle, a former judge of the Quebec Court of Appeal. Delisle was convicted of shooting his disabled wife and claiming she had committed suicide. Responding to the accused’s 9-1-1 call the police seemed to accept this interpretation but subsequent investigation and expert analysis revealed a defensive position of the victim as well as an apparent inability on her part to have inflicted the fatal shooting on herself. The trial illustrated the classic dilemma faced by criminal lawyers in deciding whether or not to present a defence, particularly whether to have the accused person testify. In this case the trial lawyer felt the prosecution’s case was so weak that the accused didn’t testify. In the result Mr. Delisle will likely spend the rest of his life in prison without having proclaimed his innocence to the jury which judged him.