What the headlines missed about Donald Marshall, Jr.

When then-prosecutor Bob Lutes realized he would be speaking at the same small conference as Donald Marshall, Jr., he braced himself for the rage he thought Marshall must feel toward any prosecutor.  Instead, he found a “calm, quiet, respectful” man, who “had a presence about him.”

Lutes’s must-read letter in today’s Halifax Chronicle-Herald recalls the encounter:

He was everything that you would want your children to be when meeting someone for the first time. I watched him, listened to him, and spoke with him. He amazed me…

Working in criminal law for most of my legal career, I saw too many headlines that said nothing about the good person that he was. I wanted to say, from one person’s perspective, that weekend he served not only the aboriginal community well, but was a role model to all humanity.