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For immediate release October 20, 2000

CBC Radio One reporter wins Jack Webster – Law Society of B.C. legal journalism award

VANCOUVER – The 2000 Jack Webster Award for Excellence in Legal Journalism, sponsored by the Law Society of B.C., has been given to CBC Radio One news reporter Yvette Brend for Father Confession — a series of news reports that gave listeners a chilling look at a jail house informant who was a key witness in the Shannon Murrin murder trial.

Life-long criminal Daniel Martin claimed cellmate Shannon Murrin confessed to the 1996 killing of Mindy Tran. But Murrin was acquitted and Martin's testimony raised more questions than it answered. CBC Radio's Yvette Brend tried to answer some of those questions by tracking down Martin. The career criminal, whose past convictions include perjury, claimed jail mates confessed to him in several murder trials, earning him the nickname "Father Confession." Brend also revealed that Martin was now alleging the RCMP fed him evidence in the Murrin case and gave him cash to testify. After the stories aired on CBC Radio, the RCMP seized Brend's tapes and began investigating Martin's claims.

Law Society of B.C. President Karl Warner congratulated the winner at the Jack Webster Foundation's awards banquet on October 30, 2000 and said he looked forward to the Law Society's annual sponsorship of the legal journalism award.

The Law Society has awarded prizes for the best legal journalism in B.C. since 1987. The Jack Webster Award for Excellence in Legal Journalism continues that tradition through the Law Society's sponsorship. The award honours a journalist or a team of journalists for a story about legal issues, the administration of justice or the legal profession in B.C.

Judges this year were the Honorable E.N. (Ted) Hughes Q.C. and former Lawyers Weekly Vancouver Bureau Chief Brad Daisley.

The Law Society is the governing body of the legal profession in B.C. It is responsible for the licensing, professional conduct and discipline of the more than 10,000 lawyers in B.C.

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For more information contact:
Brad Daisley
Public Affairs Manager
The Law Society of B.C.
604-443-5724 or 1-800-903-5300 toll-free in B.C.
bdaisley@lsbc.org
www.lawsociety.bc.ca