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Indigenous man deemed mentally unfit could face second prosecution

Friday, March 03, 2017 @ 1:36 PM | By Amanda Jerome

Michael Nehass, an indigenous man who has spent the majority of the last five years in solitary confinement in a Yukon jail after being convicted of forcible confinement, uttering threats and assault with a weapon, may be facing a second trial despite his precarious mental state.

Michael NehassCrown prosecutor Eric Marcoux stated before the Yukon Supreme Court on Feb. 28 that he intends to re-prosecute Nehass despite Justice Scott Brooker declaring a rare post-conviction mistrial because Nehass was deemed mentally unfit to participate in a dangerous...