Book Launch for “Ross Mackay, The Saga of a Brilliant Criminal Lawyer”

October 08, 2:00 am - 3:00 am

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For people who love Perry Mason courtroom dramas and the criminal subculture of Better Call Saul, this book, Ross Mackay, The Saga of a Brilliant Criminal Lawyer is great fit. Two murder trials were held in Toronto in the spring of 1962, only nineteen days apart. The accused man in each trial, one a pimp accused of stabbing a fellow pimp to death, the other a thief who killed a policeman in a shootout, were the last two men to be hanged in Canada. Toronto criminal lawyer Ross Mackay was the counsel for the accused in both trials, a mere thirty years old when he lost them both to the gallows. But the trials were far from the last times that Mackay defended accused murderers in the most horrendous circumstances. Author Jack Batten tells the story of Mackay’s dedication to the maxim that every man is entitled to a defence — a story of Mackay’s courage and the harsh penalties he paid for the daring and controversial choices he made in life and in the courtroom. Published by Durvile Publications, we wish to acknowledge the support of the Canada Book Fund and the Alberta Media Fund.  The event is hosted by University of Toronto Schools.



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Brian Greenspan, Jack Batten, John Rosen, Justice Alison Mackay (Ontario Court of Justice), Justice John Major, Lorene Shyba (Durvile Publications), Nancy Morrison, Peter Zaduk



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