Weekend Reads Guilty verdict still possible in future Jian Ghomeshi cases, lawyer says

19:51  07 december  2016
19:51  07 december  2016 Source:   Metro News

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WATCH: Ghomeshi accuser says ‘weight has been lifted’ despite not- guilty verdict . READ MORE: Judge in Jian Ghomeshi trial has a history of finding reasonable doubt in cases : lawyer . All three complainants were present with lawyers and numerous supporters in the courtroom during Horkins’ reading of his decision, while Ghomeshi ’s family sat in the front row behind him. Horkins said he reviewed each allegation against Ghomeshi separately when coming to his decision following the eight-day judge-only trial.

Whatever the verdict , his once bright future is now unclear. But as some of those women testified this week, Ghomeshi ’s lawyer , Marie Henein, subjected them to withering cross-examination. Jian Ghomeshi ’s counsel is doing what she is required to do as an officer of the court and as a member of the law In the 1940s, Exxon and GM were found guilty of criminal conspiracy to kill public transit.

Jian Ghomeshi leaves court in Toronto on Thursday, March 24, 2016. Ghomeshi was acquitted on all charges of sexual assault and choking following a trial that sparked a nationwide debate on how the justice system treats victims.: Guilty verdict still possible in future Jian Ghomeshi cases, lawyer says © Torstar News Service file Guilty verdict still possible in future Jian Ghomeshi cases, lawyer says

Jian Ghomeshi was found not guilty of sexually assaulting three women last week, but the disgraced radio host’s legal woes are far from over.

Two years ago, 22 women and one man went to the media with allegations of sexual assault at Ghomeshi’s hands.

Last week’s acquittal doesn’t preclude any of them — or any victim who didn’t go to the press — from coming forward now, said social justice lawyer Peter Rosenthal.

Despite Justice William Horkins’ harsh words for the three defendants – he accused them of “outright deception” while delivering his verdict Thursday – Rosenthal said the judge’s decision can serve as a blueprint for getting a future conviction.

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.

Judge says verdict doesn’t mean "these events never happened," only that court doesn’t have sufficient faith “in the reliability or sincerity of these complainants.” ▶ Kevin Donovan outside the courthouse after Jian Ghomeshi found not guilty of sexual assault, choking charges. He hugged his mother and sister and shook hands with other family members sitting in the front row before leaving with his lawyers . Jian Ghomeshi leaves Old City Hall court after being found not guilty of sexual assault and choking.

Jian Ghomeshi and lawyer Marie Henein leave court Thursday after Ghomeshi was cleared of all charges. After Ontario Court Judge William Horkins delivered a not- guilty verdict in Jian Ghomeshi ’s sexual possibly prove that … in such cases , it is one person’s word against another’s.

The same set of allegations — even with the same post-assault kisses and flirtations that derailed the last trial — could result in a guilty verdict if the complainant is upfront and honest, he said.

“If a woman has a straightforward and clear recollection of a sexual assault that happened to her, there’s no reason she shouldn’t come forward to the police,” he said.

University of Toronto law professor Brenda Cossman disagreed.

Cossman would “flabbergasted” if anyone comes forward now — and even more so if they found justice.

“Potential complainants will look at this and say I’m going to be put on trial and I’m going to be decimated — I don’t want this to happen to me,” she said.

Cossman called the trial a “train wreck” and said it would be nearly impossible to get a guilty verdict with a similar complaint.

Rehtaeh Parsons' dad sums up crushing reality of Ghomeshi verdict

  Rehtaeh Parsons' dad sums up crushing reality of Ghomeshi verdict A judge’s decision to acquit former broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi last week highlights how the justice system is designed to fail cases of sexual violence that actually make it to court, the father of Rehtaeh Parsons says. “We pontificate the institution of justice while claiming it is what makes our society civil, but there is nothing civil to be found in the staggering toll sexual violence takes on our communities and the devastation it causes victims and their families,” Glen Canning wrote on his blog Friday.His daughter, Rehtaeh, was 17 when she was taken off life support after attempting to hang herself in 2013.

TABLE OF CONTENTS. The verdict : Full text. Previously in court. Who's who in the case . The charges. THE CASE . Justice William Horkins found Jian Ghomeshi not guilty of all charges on Thursday in the first of the former CBC broadcaster’s two sexual-assault trials. Mr. Ghomeshi , the complainants and their lawyers appeared in a Toronto courtroom to hear the verdict , which the judge read aloud for almost 90 minutes. Below, you’ll find a complete day-by-day recap of our coverage of the trial.

The judge is set to deliver a verdict in Jian Ghomeshi ’s criminal trial on Thursday. Here are four possible outcomes. Mar 23, 2016 Sarah Boesveld 3. Proof of Ghomeshi ’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt is a very high bar to clear. “It’d be against the principles of criminal justice to convict on this evidence where [the complainants] blatantly lied,” says former Crown and criminal defence lawyer John Navarrete of Neuberger & Partners LLP.

The problem, she said, lies with how judges interpret the behavior of alleged victims, questioning their credibility if they continue to contact or flirt with the accused following an attack.

“Our sexual assault laws, as they play out on the ground, are profoundly flawed by the deeply gendered assumptions about sex and sexuality,” she said.

The next sexual assault trial

Jian Ghomeshi is facing another sexual assault trial in June. The identity of the complainant is covered by a publication ban. She came forward at the same time as the three other complainants, but the circumstances of her case are different. The sexual assault is alleged to have occurred in the workplace, in 2008, when Ghomeshi was the host of CBC’s Q.

The excruciating experience of being a woman in court with Ghomeshi .
I doubt a single journalist walked into the Jian Ghomeshi sexual assault trial that first day of February suspicious of the heart of the allegations, or the three women behind them. And I doubt even one walked out more than a month later doubting an acquittal was right. But it was nevertheless excruciating to be a woman, sitting in the gallery watching the scandal diminish into thin testimony, easily batted away by the judge in his not-guilty verdict.

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