News release

Clayton Johnson Settlement

Justice Minister Michael Baker announced today, June 18, that the province has reached a successful conclusion to negotiations with Clayton Johnson of Shelburne. The payment covers legal fees, other expenses and compensation for a total amount of $2.5 million.

"I'm pleased that we have been able to reach an amicable settlement," said Mr. Baker. "This is a fair agreement."

Mr. Johnson served five years in prison following a first-degree murder conviction in 1993. In February of 2002, the Public Prosecution Service asked the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia to acquit Mr. Johnson, when it became clear that, based on subsequent expert testimony, there was no realistic prospect of conviction.

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Contact:

Richard Perry
Department of Justice 902-424-6811 E-mail:
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