Man crowdfunding his fight against the 10-year wait for a legal pardon

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A man facing a 10-year wait for a pardon for selling small amounts of cocaine when he was 24 is the focus of a lawyer’s attempt to raise $20,000 through “crowdfunding” for a constitutional challenge.

Michael Charron of Ottawa was sentenced to four months in jail and a year of probation after he sold cocaine to an undercover officer on three occasions. At the time, the wait for a pardon that would set aside his criminal record was five years. But in 2012, long after he pleaded guilty and served his time, the Conservative government retroactively changed the wait to 10 years, citing public outrage that a notorious child sex abuser, Graham James, a former hockey coach, had received a pardon. To read the full article, click

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