Someone once said a journalist is just a reporter in a good suit. Dean Pritchard doesn’t own a good suit. But he knows a good lawsuit.
Since covering his first trial for the Brandon Sun in 1999, Pritchard has logged more time in a courtroom than many of the veteran lawyers whose cases he has followed.
After leaving Brandon, Pritchard spent 12 years on the court beat for the Winnipeg Sun, returning to the beat in 2019 after a brief stint as a Free Press copy editor.
In covering cases that often capture people at their lowest, Pritchard strives for fairness and accuracy, without sacrificing the humanity at the core of the stories. In the words of one of his favourite literary gumshoes, Harry Bosch, “Everybody counts or nobody counts.”
When not running from one courtroom to another, Pritchard has been pepper-sprayed by police, spent an afternoon as a shopping mall Santa, jumped out of a perfectly good airplane and chugged a six-pack before noon to help Mounties test their new roadside screening device — all in the service of (he hopes) a good story. It’s a living.
In his off hours, Pritchard enjoys plucking away at his six string while trying to memorize all 14 verses of The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.
Pritchard believes a great hat always beats a great haircut and that writing about oneself in the third person is a bit… weird.
Editors told Pritchard his bio should be at least 250 words, but as readers may have noticed, he’s not one to run off at the mouth.
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A Winnipeg police officer wasn’t infringing on freedom of the press when he seized a photojournalist’s camera at a crime scene, a judge was told Wednesday.
He did what he needed to do during a “fast, fluid and dynamic” sequence of events that put the public in harm’s way, said Josh Weinstein, the officer’s lawyer.
“Police officers are often engaged in very stressful and fast-moving situations and dealing with people who don’t want to deal with them at all,” Weinstein told provincial court Judge Tony Cellitti. “This can make (police) vulnerable to allegations from the public.”
Chris Procaylo, a Winnipeg Sun photographer, filed a complaint with the Law Enforcement Review Agency after a police constable seized his camera following a heated exchange at a Main Street crime scene on Dec. 2, 2017.
A newly released inquest report has made no recommendations in the case of a man who committed suicide while in custody in a Winnipeg police holding room with no video monitoring.
David Norbert, 56, was found hanging by the neck from a shirt he had tied to a ceiling ventilation grate in a holding room at the District 3 station on Hartford Avenue on April 16, 2019.
The station, the oldest in the city, is considered outdated and is set to be replaced.
Norbert was arrested after allegedly assaulting and threatening an ex-roommate earlier in the day. During an intake interview and risk assessment, Norbert told police he had consumed 11 beers in the previous five hours, the inquest report says. Asked if he was suicidal, Norbert laughed and said, “Sometimes, yes, and sometimes no,” before assuring them, “No, of course I’m not.”