28 Seconds: A True Story Of Addiction, Tragedy, And Hope

Hardcover | August 21, 2012

byMichael Bryant

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A night that began with a dinner to celebrate his twelfth wedding anniversary ended in a jail cell for Michael Bryant. He was charged with dangerous driving causing death and criminal negligence causing the death of cyclist Darcy Sheppard. Ironically, he had helped write the legal test for the same charges sixteen years earlier.

Bryant, as Ontario’s attorney general, was the man responsible for administering 500,000 criminal charges every year in that province. He now faced prosecution by the same justice system. The charges were eventually dropped, but nothing could undo what had happened to Sheppard—or Bryant.

28 Seconds offers the never-before-told personal story of the events leading to Sheppard's death and the aftermath.

It also includes behind-the-scenes revelations about Bryant's most popular and controversial political work.

In 28 Seconds, Bryant chronicles the fateful aftermath of that late-summer evening in August 2009. He looks at the realities of the adversarial court system and a prison system filled with addicts and the mentally ill, speaking publicly, for the first time, of personal challenges and his own battle with some of the very demons shared by Darcy Sheppard.

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A night that began with a dinner to celebrate his twelfth wedding anniversary ended in a jail cell for Michael Bryant. He was charged with dangerous driving causing death and criminal negligence causing the death of cyclist Darcy Sheppard. Ironically, he had helped write the legal test for the same charges sixteen years earlier. Bryant...

Michael Bryant is a former Ontario Cabinet Minister, former Attorney General, and Harvard-educated lawyer. Bryant is currently a Principal at Ishkonigan, a consulting and mediation firm owned and operated by former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Phil Fontaine. It assists indigenous communities, governments and the priv...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.26 × 6.29 × 1.13 inPublished:August 21, 2012Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0670066443

ISBN - 13:9780670066445

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Different Perspective Coming from a criminal justice background, I have heard stories from victims of misjustices, crime and wrongful convictions. This story is so different from any other because it comes from a man who worked within the same system that was against him later in his life. This is an in-depth recollection of the struggles this man faced in a battle we never thought he'd have to fight (considering his position within the government). Good read.
Date published: 2013-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deep, honest and very moving In a time where people are so protective of their privacy, Michael Bryant bravely left his at the door. "28 Seconds" is an intensely written story with many lessons to offer. Written with honesty, integrity and at times, even humour, Bryant told his side - after having to say nothing during what must have been a horrific time. In spite of the tragic nature of the story, Bryant leaves the reader with a hopeful and positive sentiment.
Date published: 2012-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Meaningful! Michael Bryant bravely shares a horrendous experience exacerbated by hasty police action and an even hastier journalism. Everything is different from the time before that 28 seconds. His honesty, frankness, raw emotion and emerging hopefulness is powerful and meaningful.
Date published: 2012-09-18