Weekend Reads Ghomeshi's lawyer blasts Mulcair for #IBelieveSurvivors tweet

19:46  07 december  2016
19:46  07 december  2016 Source:   Huffington Post Canada

Statement from Kathryn Borel on Jian Ghomeshi

  Statement from Kathryn Borel on Jian Ghomeshi Statement from Kathryn Borel on Jian GhomeshiHi everyone. Thank you for coming out and listening. My name is Kathryn Borel. In December of 2014, I pressed sexual assault charges against Jian Ghomeshi. As you know, Mr. Ghomeshi initially denied all the charges that were brought against him. But today, as you just heard, Jian Ghomeshi admitted wrongdoing and apologized to me.

Jian Ghomeshi's lawyer has called out NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair for tweeting that he believed survivors of sexual assault, just hours before her famous client was acquitted.Mulcair, however, doubled-down Wednesday afternoon with another tweet.

In an interview with the CBC's Peter Mansbridge that aired Tuesday, lawyer Marie Henein was asked about the #IBelieveSurvivors hashtag that resonated on Twitter in light of the Ghomeshi verdict and, specifically, Mulcair's use of the term.

"Hashtag 'I believe' is not a legal principle, nor should it ever be," she said. "Because you can't believe people based on who they are, the nature of the crime. We would never want that."

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Pointed criticism for Mulcair

Historically, she said, presumptively "believing" has not been to the benefit of the most disadvantaged or marginalized in society.

And she had pointed criticism for Mulcair, a lawyer by trade, saying it was "concerning" to see the politician weigh in."You're a person who is engaged and should be more knowledgeable about what you're commenting on," she said, accusing Mulcair of "denigrating" the legal system in which he worked without "having read a word of transcript" or informed himself of the case.

"That's disappointing and not something I would put much stock in," she said. "But it sure does get you a lot of votes, doesn't it?"

When asked by Mansbridge if such a gambit really translates to votes, Heinen said: "It might. It gets you attention."

A defence lawyer’s take on Jian Ghomeshi’s acquittal and the #believewomen movement

  A defence lawyer’s take on Jian Ghomeshi’s acquittal and the #believewomen movement National Post Radio's Matt Gurney spoke to defence lawyer Kathryn Wells about Jian Ghomeshi's trial, the ruling and the anger it has evoked .Q: When we were talking last week, you and I were both on the same page that we did not expect to see a conviction here. Mr. Ghomeshi was acquitted on all charges. And when the judge was reading his ruling, it was pretty clear really quickly which way he was leaning.A: Absolutely. What I would say to the general public is, read the entirety of the decision. This is a judge who’s been around a long time.

Mulcair, who faces a leadership review at his party's convention next week, took to Twitter to respond in kind.

"I believe strongly in the presumption of innocence and the right to a strong defence but I also believe survivors," he wrote.

Mulcair's initial statement last Friday — included in his attention-grabbing tweet — did not mention Ghomeshi by name. However, it touched on how the crime of sexual assault often doesn't lead to a conviction and that a fear of not being believed can keep women from coming forward.

"I believe we need to strengthen protections for survivors of sexual assault. I believe that access to comprehensive support services for survivors should be a right," he said.

"And most importantly, I believe survivors."

But Mulcair was not the only politician to weigh in on social media. And others were more blunt.

Ontario NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo said the Ghomeshi verdict felt "like a personal assault — something shared with all women, particularly victims of assault."

After the verdict, Lisa MacLeod, an Ontario Conservative MPP, wrote simply: "And you wonder why women do not come forward after abuse." Like Us On Facebook

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