Michael Rafferty

Public Should Fund Rafferty Appeal: Court

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.09.2014 | Canada

TORONTO - The man convicted of killing eight-year-old Victoria Stafford should get a publicly funded lawyer as he tries to appeal, Ontario's highest c...

Child-Killer Wants Public To Fund Appeal

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.31.2014 | Canada

TORONTO - The jury that convicted Michael Rafferty of killing eight-year-old Victoria Stafford should have considered that he might have been only an ...

'You Sir, Are A Monster'

The Huffington Post Canada | Christian Cotroneo | Posted 12.31.2012 | Canada

"Their solution," the Crown attorney told a rapt courtroom in Kingston, Ontario, "was to remove the diseased limb entirely and prune the tree back to ...

Tori Stafford Killer A Step Closer To Appeal

Posted 11.02.2012 | Canada

TORONTO — Michael Rafferty has cleared a hurdle to proceed with an appeal of his murder conviction in the killing of eight-year-old Victoria Staffor...

Tori Stafford Murderer Pleads Guilty To Assault

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.11.2012 | Canada

KITCHENER, Ont. - The woman serving a life sentence for the first-degree murder of Tori Stafford has added another conviction to her criminal record a...

Michael Rafferty Appeals Murder Sentence

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 10.02.2012 | Canada

Michael Rafferty, the Toronto man found guilty of raping and killing an eight-year-old girl, is appealing his murder conviction, according to various ...

Rafferty Misses Deadline To Appeal His Conviction

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.15.2012 | Canada

TORONTO - The man found guilty of raping and killing eight-year-old Victoria Stafford has missed the deadline to appeal his conviction.But Michael Raf...

Lady Justice, You're a Fickle Mistress

Peter Worthington | Posted 07.17.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

Three odd cases of "justice" are in the news these days, all of them likely to make those who don't commit crimes uneasy. No sane person wants an innocent person wrongly convicted (hence the abolishment of the death penalty). By the same token, no sane person wants a guilty person freed on a technicality. Marian Andrzejewski, Byron Sonne and Michael Rafferty all made headlines for their less-than-usual cases.

Rodney Stafford Looks For Positives In Tori's Death, Trial

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.15.2012 | Canada

WOODSTOCK, Ont. - Victoria Stafford's father sat through the trial of his daughter's killer, often listening to details about the horror the eight-yea...

NO FORGIVENESS

CBC | Posted 07.15.2012 | Canada

Tara McDonald, the mother of slain Grade 3 student Victoria (Tori) Stafford, says she is trying to move forward with her life but is "nev...

Rafferty Stands 'Firmly Behind Not Guilty'

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.15.2012 | Canada

LONDON, Ont. -- The powerful and angry words of the judge presiding over Michael Rafferty's case rang through the courtroom Tuesday -- "twisted," "dev...

Killer To Hear From Victim's Family Before Heading To Prison

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.14.2012 | Canada

LONDON, Ont. - The powerful and angry words of the judge presiding over Michael Rafferty's case rang through the courtroom Tuesday — "twisted," "dev...

Was The Controversial Publication Ban Worth It?

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.14.2012 | Canada

LONDON, Ont. - A publication ban that prevented the public from knowing for more than seven months that Terri-Lynne McClintic had pleaded guilty to th...

Parents Shouldn't Panic About Tori Stafford

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.13.2012 | Canada

TORONTO - Tori Stafford's horrific fate may be a graphic reminder to parents about the need to streetproof their children, but experts say it need not...

The Killer Couple

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.12.2012 | Canada

LONDON, Ont. - Michael Rafferty had apparently for years harboured pedophilic interests and a propensity for sexual violence.Terri-Lynne McClintic had...

The Week That Was: A Presidential "Coming Out"

Danielle Crittenden | Posted 07.12.2012 | Canada
Danielle Crittenden

Happy Mother's Day! Or as it may be, Happy Mothers Day! When Barack Obama became the first U.S. president to endorse gay marriage on Wednesday, his newly announced stance changed the gay-rights debate overnight -- and not just in the States. Many progressive Canadians expressed pride that same-sex marriage is already legal in Canada. But what does this mean for those who oppose same-sex marriage? Indeed, does it make you a bigot to hold the view of marriage that President Obama espoused until this week?

Conviction Has 'Lifted A Cloud' In Ontario Town

CP | Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.12.2012 | Canada

WOODSTOCK, Ont. - A troubled southwestern Ontario community scarred by the gruesome murder of eight-year-old Victoria Stafford can finally begin to he...

Jury Reaches Verdict In Rafferty Trial

CP | Posted 05.12.2012 | Canada

LONDON, Ont. - Victoria Stafford's father clutched her Grade 3 school picture — taken the day before his little girl was abducted, sexually assaulte...

McClintic Testimony Problematic For Crown

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.11.2012 | Canada

LONDON, Ont. - Of the myriad problems Terri-Lynne McClintic presented for the Crown lawyers at Michael Rafferty's murder trial, one stood out above al...

What Jurors Didn't Hear

CP | Posted 05.15.2012 | Canada

LONDON, Ont. - A laptop computer belonging to the man accused of kidnapping, sexually assaulting and killing Victoria Stafford was used to search onli...

Michael Rafferty's Fate In Hands Of Jury Now

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.11.2012 | Canada

LONDON, Ont. - The fate of Michael Rafferty, accused of abducting eight-year-old Victoria Stafford for his sexual gratification before brutally killin...

Rafferty Trial Nears End

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.09.2012 | Canada

LONDON, Ont. - Do not be fooled by the "murderous duo" of Terri-Lynne McClintic and Michael Rafferty, the jury that will soon be deciding Rafferty's f...

Rafferty's Mom Breaks Silence: 'My Son Is Innocent'

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.08.2012 | Canada

LONDON, Ont. - Terri-Lynne McClintic is like "Jekyll and Hyde," casting herself as an unwilling participant in her lover's scheme to abduct a child, w...

Crown: Rafferty More Than Just A Bystander

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.09.2012 | Canada

LONDON, Ont. - Michael Rafferty used his disturbed lover as a "violent pawn" to help him carry out the abduction, rape and murder of eight-year-old Vi...

Closing Arguments In Michael Rafferty Trial

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.09.2012 | Canada

LONDON, Ont. - Terri-Lynne McClintic is like "Jekyll and Hyde," casting herself as an unwilling participant in her lover's scheme to abduct a child, w...