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Justice system guilty in Ghomeshi trial, experts and observers say

Experts respond to ruling, Twitterverse weighs in


 
TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY, 1  - Ghomeshi arrives with his lawyer, Marie Henein First day of the  former CBC hosJian Ghomeshi trial at Old City Hall court. (Richard Lautens/Toronto Star/Getty Images)

TORONTO, ON – FEBRUARY, 1 – Ghomeshi arrives with his lawyer, Marie Henein
First day of the former CBC hosJian Ghomeshi trial at Old City Hall court. (Richard Lautens/Toronto Star/Getty Images)

TORONTO — Legal experts and women’s groups say the verdict in the Jian Ghomeshi sex assault trial shines a spotlight on everything that’s wrong with the system designed to find justice in such cases.

They say that Justice William Horkins had little choice but to acquit the former CBC star on all charges, since testimony from all three witnesses was effectively destroyed in court.

University of Toronto law professor Brenda Cossman says witnesses are held to unrealistic standards to prove their cases in the current court system.

Nicole Pietsch of the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres agrees, saying society needs to keep re-evaluating its pre-conceived notions of what’s acceptable in a sex assault case.

Amanda Dale of the Barbara Schlifer Commemorative clinic say she’s optimistic that advocates will see the verdict as further reason to fight for changes to the justice system.

The former CBC radio host had pleaded not guilty to four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking involving three women.

Here’s how the ruling played in social media:


 

Justice system guilty in Ghomeshi trial, experts and observers say

  1. Ideologues castigate the judge and the defense for doing their jobs properly. Because patriarchy. Because women’s studies 1990. Give us a break.

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