Fournel Investigation Was ‘botched,’ Claims Lawyer

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Timmins Daily Press


A high-profile Toronto lawyer representing the Innocence Project suggests the finding of guilt made against Cecile Fournel was based on a flawed investigation and inconclusive evidence.

Fournel, a former Ontario Provincial Police officer from Timmins, was convicted in 2012 of arson and giving a noxious substance. She is now on parole after serving two-and-a-half years of a five-year sentence.

Prof. Alan Young, of Osgoode Hall Law School, said he is representing Fournel because there is good reason to believe her case qualifies for a new trial or at least an appeal. Based on that, Young said the case is being forwarded to the federal minister of justice, pursuant to section 696.1 of the Criminal Code. He said this allows a case to be reviewed if it is believed an innocent person has been wrongly convicted.