REGINA — A former Saskatchewan cabinet minister who was convicted of killing his ex-wife 26 years ago has agreed to relinquish all profits from a book he wrote called Final Appeal: Anatomy of a Frame.
The Saskatchewan government announced Wednesday it had received a $5,000 cheque from Colin Thatcher.
The money was from his book advance.
Also attached was a copy of the letter to his publisher, ECW Press Ltd., in Toronto, saying the publisher should forward all royalty payments in the future to the minister of finance.
Last month, a Regina judge ordered Thatcher to turn over all profits from his book, which detailed the 1984 murder of his ex-wife Joanne Wilson. Thatcher, the son of a former Saskatchewan premier, was paroled in 2006 after serving 22 years.
Court of Queen's Bench Justice Ted Zarzeczny said the book falls under the Profits of Criminal Notoriety Act, which forbids a person from profiting by recounting their crimes.
While four other provinces have similar laws, this was the first time such legislation had been challenged in Canada.
Thatcher had been steadfast in proclaiming his innocence, and argued that was part of the reason his book didn't fit within the scope of the act.
All money received from the book will be held in trust for two years. No decision on the distribution will be made until May 2011.
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