McCann family urges government to clean up criminal code

The son of homicide victims Lyle and Marie McCann is urging the federal government to clean up laws that rendered Travis Vader’s second-degree murder conviction useless.
After a lengthy trial, Vader’s lawyers were able to challenge his conviction because the presiding judge used an unconstitutional section of law.
The section of law, though ruled unconstitutional more than two decades ago, was never repealed from Canada’s criminal code. 
Vader’s charge was reduced to manslaughter as a result.
Bret McCann wants these so-called “zombie laws” erased so they can’t come back from the dead in future trials.
​”If there’s a silver lining in what happened to my parents, I think this is it,” he said.
“I want to do something right for future people in this situation.”

Bret McCann wrote a letter to Canada’s justice minister, Jody Wilson-Raybould, urging her to repeal zombie laws in the criminal code. (Emilio Avalos/CBC)

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