About Me

Joan McEwen

Joan McEwen

 

I am a lawyer practising as a labour arbitrator. I am also the author of Innocence on Trial: The Framing of Ivan Henry (Heritage House, 2014) The book is about a Vancouver man convicted in 1983 of ten sexual assaults he did not commit.

 

After 27 years in jail as a dangerous offender, Henry was acquitted by the BC Court of Appeal in 2010—acquitted but not declared innocent. My book asserts that Henry is factually innocent of all 10 crimes. It also explores the meaning of “innocence” and asks why the wrongly convicted are treated worse by our criminal justice system than those who plead guilty and/or are factually guilty.