Thursday, February 11, 2016

Fuck you, Jian

"...Grant says in many other crimes, in which it’s one person’s word against another’s, the same questions are not asked.

Take a simple assault, she says. “We wouldn’t start questioning the victim about whether or not he likes being punched in the face. Was he dressed in a way that would invite punching in the face? Did he talk to the person after he was punched in the face?

“If you think about these arguments in other crimes, you start to see how absurd it is.”...." 

- Isabel Grant, professor at University of British Columbia’s Peter A. Allard School of Law, National Post, February 06, 2016 

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No right to a discriminatory defence 

by Joanna Birenbaum, Pamela Cross, Amanda Dale, The Star, Feb 08, 2016

"... Fewer than 10 per cent of sexual assault victims will report to authorities. Even fewer go to trial. Fewer still are convicted. This too makes sex assault unlike any other crime. We are dangerously close to creating the conditions for impunity...." 

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The prosecution in the Ghomeshi trial isn't incompetent. The game is rigged

By Michael Stewart, February 9, 2016

"....That means prosecutors cannot "coach" a witness or prepare them for a withering cross-examination the same way a defence attorney can. The Crown specifically cannot "prepare witnesses to the point of shielding or immunizing them from probing questioning that might uncover an inconvenient truth harmful to the prosecution's case," Garossino says. As we've seen so far with Ghomeshi's defence, there's no hold Henein can't unbar....." 

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