R vs. Latimer


Robert Latimer poisons his daughter with carbon monoxide.

October 24, 1993

Judge dismisses Mr. Latimer’s plea to disregard evidence

September 27th, 1994

Wimmer J., dismissed Robert Latimer’s plea to disregard evidence collected on November 4th, of the previous year.

Judge requested to reconsider, the request was denied

November 7th, 1994

Wimmer J., once again asked to reconsider previous decision which he again stood by.

Robert Latimer convicted of second degree murder

November 16th, 1994

Robert Latimer convicted of second degree murder without eligibility of parole for 10 years.

An appeal was dismissed by the Saskatchewan Court

July 18th, 1995

New evidence suggest Crown counsel interfered with jury

October 25th, 1995

Information appears that the RCMP might have interfered with potential jurors, on Crown orders, by asking them about their beliefs on religion, abortion and mercy killing.

A new trial is ordered.

February 6th, 1997

Robert Latimer convicted again of second degree murder

November 5th, 1997

Mr. Latimer receives exemption from sentencing by judge

December 1st, 1997

A Saskatchewan court judge exempts Latimer from the minimum sentence, instead imposing one year in jail and one served in the community.

Court sets aside exemption enforcing original sentencing

November 23rd, 1998

The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal sets aside the exemption and reinstates a mandatory life sentence.

Mr. Latimer appeals to the Supreme Court of Canada

February 1999

Supreme court upholds Mr. Latimer's sentence

January 18th, 2001

The Supreme Court upholds Latimer’s life sentence, with no chance of parole for 10 years. Latimer reports to prison.

A National Parole Board panel denies Latimer’s parole bid

December 5th, 2007

Robert Latimer released on day parole

February 27th, 2008

The parole board’s appeals division reverses previous decision, ordering him released on day parole.