Citation: 15 Can. J.L. Soc. 91 2000 Content downloadedprinted from HeinOnline (http:heinonline.org) Mon Nov 30 15:21:03 2015 Your use of this HeinOnline PDF indicates your acceptance of HeinOnlines Terms and Conditions of the license agreement available at http:heinonline.orgHOLLicense The search text of this PDF is generated from uncorrected OCR text. To obtain permission to use this article beyond the scope of your HeinOnline license, please use: https:www.copyright.comcccbasicSearch.do? operation=gosearchType=0 lastSearch=simpleall=ontitleOrStdNo=08293201Justice: Spalializecl and cicl Violence Pc, Gendered Geoqe of Pamela Murder Re Razack H. Sherene is to denaturalise literally To unmap to undermine hence geography, upon it. that rest views world 1 Phillips Richard Introduction of the woman a George, Pamela 17, 1995, April weekend, On Easter was children, two young of mother and a nation (Ojibway) Saulteaux the Beyond city. prairie Canadian a small Regina, in murdered brutally outskirts on the reserve the Sakimay from came George Pamela that fact something as a prostitute, worked occasionally that she and the city, of two of the the trial of records court weekend, Easter that was doing she reveal the event of coverage and media of her murder men accused white about is known More her community. life of or the her life of few details the marked men. Easter middleclass white, young murderers, her two a week was There exams. university of their end since the first weekend Nineteenyearold began. jobs summer before of freedom so or out to set Ternowetsky and Alex Kummerfield Steven athletes university areas under in isolated drinking out went They of term. the end celebrate the citys Stroll, the cruised and then arenas, hockey and behind bridges one persuade to failing after Eventually, prostitution. of streets one car, in the them to join prostitute as a working woman Aboriginal twice, refused being and her twice Approaching trunk. in the man hid Pamela woman, Aboriginal another persuading in succeeded finally they Sheila especially, and, ThielenWilson Leslie Oikawa, thank Mona like to I would * Buckman Barbara dedication, and insight assistance, research for outstanding Gill, and Race the OISEfUT of the students these ideas, through thinking help in for her Law the Western of group the worksinprogress and course, graduate Space and John Davis Adrienne (especially 2000 Hawaii Conference, of Colour Professors feedback. critical for useful Calmore) York: (New Adventure of A Geography Empire: Men and Mapping R. Phillips, 1 Phillips]. [hereinafter at 147 1997) Routledge, et socigt, droit canadienne SocietyRevue of Law and Journal Canadian pp. 91130. 15, no. 2, Volume 2000, 92 Sherene H. Razack that night, to enter the car. The was working as a prostitute George, who littered the city, a place area outside George to an isolated two men drove took turns oral sex, they and condoms. Following with bullet casings brutally beating her and left her lying with her face in the mud. They on Saskatchewan then drove to a fast food restaurant and later to a cabin The next morning, which belonged to one of their grandfathers. Beach upon returning to town, they heard a radio report describing a body in the found outside the city. After both first confided their involvement murder to a number of friends and to one of their parents, one man left forests of job planting trees in the Northern town to take up his summer resort of Banff, other man flew to the mountain British Columbia. The celebrating university athletes joined other white male Alberta, where he after of term. In early May, nearly one month after the murder, the end suspects who were tip and having exhausted the list of following a mostly Aboriginal andor of the streets of the Stroll, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) arrested both men for the murder of Pamela George. The arrest of two young, white, middleclass men for the murder of an Aboriginal woman working as a prostitute sent shock waves through the white population of this small prairie city. At the trial two years later, the Defense at first tried to argue that Pamela George managed walk away the isolated field and was to from killed by someone else, an Aboriginal man. They also argued that since both men were highly intoxicated, they bore diminished responsibility 2 for the beating. The boys did pretty darn stupid things,but they did not commit murder. Both the Crown and the Defense maintained that the fact that Pamela George was a prostitute was something to be considered 3 in the case.The judge sparked a public furor when he instructed the jury to bear this in mind in their deliberations. The men were convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to six and a half years in prison, having already spent twenty months in prison. The objections of the Native community and some members of the white community stemmed from their belief that the crime was at the very least one of second degree murder and that the judge acted improperly in directing the jury to a 4 manslaughter. of finding Why write about this trial as spatialized justice and this murder as gendered racial or colonial violence? Some readers of early versions of this article have commented that the prison sentences for manslaughter 2 R. v. Kummerfield Ternowetsky, Transcript of 1215, 1822, 2528 November, and 25, 912, and 1720 December 1996  (Regina, Sask. Prov. Ct. [Crim. Div.]) at 3469 [hereinafter Transcript]. 3 Ibid. at 4755. 4 B. Pacholik, Relief, and Anger. Aboriginal Spokesman Demands Appeal Regina Leader Post (21 December 1996) Al.