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Released on June 26, 1996

Deputy Justice Minister Brent Cotter today announced that Crown
Prosecutor Randy Kirkham has been charged with attempting to obstruct
justice under s. 139(2) of the Criminal Code in relation to the 1994
murder trial of Robert Latimer.

"Howard Morton, a former senior Crown Prosecutor from Ontario, was
asked to review and make recommendations with respect to Randy
Kirkham's conduct," Cotter said. "Mr. Morton recommended that Kirkham
be charged. Mr. Morton has also agreed to conduct the prosecution as
an agent of the Attorney General of Saskatchewan.

"Howard Morton also reviewed the police's conduct and determined that
there should be no charges against members of the RCMP in relation to
this matter," Cotter said.

The Supreme Court of Canada has granted Robert Latimer leave to appeal
his murder conviction. No date has been set for Latimer's appeal to be


For further information, contact:

Lisa Ann Wood
Phone: (306) 787-7872

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