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You are killing me LOL .Yea go ,please . Listening to as it happens tonight I get the impression that the lawyer is no slouch and is probably causing discomfort on the other side of this case ,CBC included . But I think it will boil down to the Judge and his level of the system and law . He will need to be very sharp in this case as the defence is going to move this in a direction that will not bode well for the victims . First day gives a half point to defence . I am glad it is getting the spotlight as it will bring out the best everyone can muster . End of the day may not have served justice as sometimes if the glove doesn't fit they end up acquitting . We shall see ....peace
Maybe I'll go in disguise. I have experimented with a blond bouffant wig and women's clothing. With the appropriate application of makeup I could pass convincingly for a combination of David Ferrie and Jada Conforte.
Ghomeshi filed a $55 million lawsuit against the CBC, alleging that the broadcaster misused "personal and confidential information provided to it in confidence". He also filed "a union grievance alleging wrongful dismissal and defamation," and stated through his lawyer that he "does not engage in non-consensual role play or sex and any suggestion of the contrary is defamatory." Ghomeshi withdrew his lawsuit on November 25, 2014. The terms of settlement stipulated that Ghomeshi will pay the CBC $18,000 in legal costs.
Canadian law recognizes two broad groups of offenses: less serious summary offenses and more serious indictable ones. A third group, which includes sexual assault, are called hybrid in that the prosecution can choose to proceed either summarily or by way of indictment depending on the gravity of the allegations.
"The Crown has elected to proceed summarily on the (sexual assault) counts that are before the court," said Brendan Crawley, a spokesman for the Ministry of the Attorney General.
Going the summary route means the prosecution, after looking at exactly what Ghomeshi is alleged to have done, must have been satisfied the sexual assault allegations were not so serious that, if proven against the first-time offender, would warrant punishment more severe than a maximum 18 months.
However, given that the sex charges involve incidents that happened in 2002 and 2003, Ghomeshi's lawyer would have had to agree to the summary proceedings given that charges prosecuted this way must normally be laid within six months of the alleged offense.
On the straight indictable choking charge, Ghomeshi opted for trial in the province's lowest court, the Ontario court of justice.
"Where an accused elects to be tried by a provincial court judge, the accused's trial will be heard and fully completed in the Ontario court of justice," Crawley said.
Bryant was raised in the Greater Victoria area of British Columbia, where his father Ray was mayor of Esquimalt from 1966 to 1969. Known for his "pugnacious streak," he trained as a boxer from childhood.
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia in 1988, and a Master's Degree from the same institution in 1989. Bryant was also a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity at UBC.
A policy ordering detectives to automatically believe people who claim to have suffered rape or sexual abuse may be dropped, Britain’s top police officer has said, as he battles fierce criticism over his force’s investigations into high-profile figures.
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Hogan-Howe warns that there would be an “emotional impact” on victims if the policy of automatic belief were dropped and writes: “A good investigator would go and test the accuracy of the allegations and the evidence with an open mind, supporting the complainant through the process.
“This is a more neutral way to begin than saying we should believe victims, and I believe it better describes our impartial mindset.”
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Operation Midland’s investigation into claims of a VIP paedophile ring abusing and even murdering children at the Dolphin Square housing block near Westminster and other sites was prompted by allegations from a complainant known only as “Nick”. At one point a Met officer described Nick’s account as “credible and true” but the second part of that statement has been withdrawn. No charges have been brought.
Critics say the allegations that saw Lord Bramall investigated were so flimsy as not to warrant criminal investigation and the distress caused. The investigation into the former military chief has been dropped, . . .
“The Toronto Police Service is committed to investigating this matter fully,” Insp. Joanna Beaven-Desjardins, of the Sex Crimes Unit, said Saturday at police headquarters.
However, she cautioned, “at this point, these are allegations.”
Earlier this week, Chief Bill Blair defended the fact police had yet to launch a probe as the accusations against Ghomeshi piled up.
“When these crimes are committed, we need a complainant,” Blair said Thursday. “We need someone to come forward and say, ‘This is what’s happened to me.’”
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Investigators have not yet spoken to Ghomeshi about the accusations.
“We are trying to get all the information from our victims first, so that we have the best evidence to move forward,” Beaven-Desjardins, adding police will “reach out” to Ghomeshi if the probe progresses to the point where cops are ready to lay charges.
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Beaven-Desjardins also urged other women who believe they have been victimized by Ghomeshi to come forward and assured any allegations would be taken seriously regardless of how the passage of time.
“We believe victims when they come in 100%, we are behind them 100%,” she said, adding “it’s beneficial” to the investigation if more women come forward.
A constitutional case on duality in school busing got underway Tuesday with New Brunswick's chief justice throwing a potential legal curveball at Attorney General Serge Rousselle.
Ernest Drapeau suggested during a procedural hearing that he might require the attorney general to argue both for and against the constitutionality of dual school busing systems.
The provincial government is asking the New Brunswick Court of Appeal to rule whether the dual-education provisions of the Constitution also require two school bus systems — one for English schools and one for French schools.