The court hears arguments in case #29062, Michael Pelletier v. The Queen, on January 21, 2003.
Following a home invasion, Michael Pelletier was convicted of second-degree murder; aggravated assault; and break, enter, and robbery. The British Columbia Court of Appeal upheld his convictions. Mr. Pelletier is appealing to the Supreme Court of Canada, arguing that, during his original trial, the judge made inflammatory statements to the jury that prejudiced the jury against him.
Lawyer Matthew A. Nathanson presents arguments on behalf of Michael Pelletier. He begins by detailing the context in which the original trial took place, including a disturbing wave of home invasions that was taking place at the time.