Saturday 2 March 2024

AIDWYC notes the death of Terry Swinton


Innocence Canada acknowledges the death of Terry Swinton 

Innocence Canada wishes to acknowledge the recent passing of Terry Swinton and celebrate his contribution to the innocence movement in Canada.  Many Canadians will remember Terry as one of the “The Canadians” who played a pivotal role in freeing Rubin “Hurricane” Carter.  Terry would go on to help form the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC) later to be renamed Innocence Canada.  He and his friends Sam Chaiton, and Lindy Green contributed generously to the ongoing fight for justice for wrongly convicted individuals in our country.  Terry was justly proud of his support of social justice organizations and Innocence Canada gratefully acknowledges being a recipient of that support.

Terry and Sam enjoyed a lifelong friendship from which we at Innocence Canada benefited from on a practical financial bias and inspirationally.  As we continue to work towards freeing innocent individuals, we are ever mindful of the seeds of justice sown by Terry, Sam, and Lindy. The greatest tribute we can pay to Terry’s memory is to carry on the fight for justice he helped start.  He was known to say the fight is long but winnable and we accept his challenge to continue that journey.


“Thank you, Terry, for a life well lived, we will do our best to live up to your example.” – Innocence Canada

Issued on behalf of Innocence Canada