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Ghomeshi Sexual Harassment Case: What is your take?

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  • #16
    Here is why he got off.

    Judge: "it is impossible for the court to have sufficient faith in the reliability and sincerity of these complainants"
    In his decision, Horkins pointed to what he said were serious inconsistencies in the complainants’ testimony, and a “carelessness with the truth.”He said he had no hesitation in concluding that Ghomeshi was not guilty.

    I can't seem to upload the last page of the verdict. Here it is:

    [136] Each complainant in this case engaged in conduct regarding Mr. Ghomeshi, after the fact, which seems out of harmony with the assaultive behaviour ascribed to him. In many instances, their conduct and comments were even inconsistent with the level of animus exhibited by each of them, both at the time and then years later. In a case that is entirely dependent on the reliability of their evidence standing alone, these are factors that cause me considerable difficulty when asked to accept their evidence at full value.

    [137] Each complainant was confronted with a volume of evidence that was contrary to their prior sworn statements and their evidence in-chief. Each complainant demonstrated, to some degree, a willingness to ignore their oath to tell the truth on more than one occasion. It is this aspect of their evidence that is most troubling to the Court.

    [138] The success of this prosecution depended entirely on the Court being able to accept each complainant as a sincere, honest and accurate witness. Each complainant was revealed at trial to be lacking in these important attributes. The evidence of each complainant suffered not just from inconsistencies and questionable behaviour, but was tainted by outright deception.

    [139] The harsh reality is that once a witness has been shown to be deceptive and manipulative in giving their evidence, that witness can no longer expect the Court to consider them to be a trusted source of the truth. I am forced to conclude that it is impossible for the Court to have sufficient faith in the reliability or sincerity of these complainants. Put simply, the volume of serious deficiencies in the evidence leaves the Court with a reasonable doubt.

    [140] My conclusion that the evidence in this case raises a reasonable doubt is not the same as deciding in any positive way that these events never happened. At the end of this trial, a reasonable doubt exists because it is impossible to determine, with any acceptable degree of certainty or comfort, what is true and what is false. The standard of proof in a criminal case requires sufficient clarity in the evidence to allow a confident acceptance of the essential facts. In these proceedings the bedrock foundation of the Crown’s case is tainted and incapable of supporting any clear determination of the truth.

    [141] I have no hesitation in concluding that the quality of the evidence in this case is incapable of displacing the presumption of innocence. The evidence fails to prove the allegations beyond a reasonable doubt.

    Here is the link to the full decision:
    Last edited by Tropicana; 03-24-2016, 12:51 PM.


    • #17
      Christine Blatchford says it well:

      Former broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi was acquitted Thursday on all charges of sexual assault and choking following a trial that sparked a nationwide debate on how the justice system treats victims.Ontario court Judge William Horkins said he simply could not rely on the three complainants given their changing and shifting memories and evidence that at times strayed into outright lies.
      All he had to go on — as is usual in sexual-assault cases — was the complainants’ credibility, which he said cross-examination showed to be sorely lacking.

      “What is troubling is not the lack of clarity, but the shifting facts from one telling to the next,” Horkins said of one of the three complainants.
      “In cross-examination, the value of her evidence suffered irreparable damage,” he said of another of the witnesses.
      Prosecutor Michael Callaghan said the Crown will take a look at the judgment and consider its position.
      Last edited by Tropicana; 03-24-2016, 02:35 PM.


      • #18
        Another Canadian journalist weighs in and highlights the problem with current feminist thinking:

        Words themselves have no discernible meaning at all if they are uttered by a woman........ Under the new model of social justice or.... feminism.....a woman is utterly and totally unaccountable for her actions and her statements and logically she should be treated at all times as a completely amoral operator whose only compass is what is in her immediate advantage from one second to the next.
        Last edited by Tropicana; 03-24-2016, 02:58 PM.


        • #19
          Dis noh mek no sense.

          Tried to upload an image of the last comment but it didn't work:


          • #20
            The judge in the sexual-assault trial of former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi offered a blistering opinion of the three complainants, saying in his ruling of not guilty that each of the women had been dishonest with the court.
            “Each complainant was confronted with a volume of evidence that was contrary to their prior sworn statements and their evidence in chief,” Justice William Horkins of the Ontario Court said, reading his ruling from the bench on Thursday morning. “Each complainant demonstrated, to some degree, a willingness to ignore their oath to tell the truth on more than one occasion. It is this aspect of their evidence that is most troubling to the court.”

            During the trial, each of the witnesses had been less than entirely forthcoming in describing their relationships with Mr. Ghomeshi, in some cases until the truth of those relationships was revealed during cross-examination.



            • #21
              Actress admits to sending picture simulatingEDIT EDITon a EDIT EDIT and an email wanting to have EDIT with Canadian radio host she claimed attacked her

              A television actress acknowledged Friday that she told a former Canadian Broadcast Corp. radio host that she wanted to have EDIT with him a day after he allegedly choked and slapped her.


              • #22
                Shaking my head...

                Topless protester dragged out of crowd outside court after Jian Ghomeshi found not guilty

                A topless woman was dragged from a crowd of protesters on Thursday outside the downtown Toronto courthouse where a judge acquitted Jian Ghomeshi of sexual assault and choking charges.

                Crown attorney Michael Callaghan was outside the court, commenting to reporters about the verdict when a topless protester stormed into the wall of microphones, shouting “Ghomeshi guilty,” according to footage of the incident.
                Police officers pulled the woman away from the crowd, and she ended up on the ground. A swarm of media surrounded the woman as police struggled to handcuff her and pull her up from the cold, wet ground. They managed to lead her up the stairs and into the courthouse.



                • #23
                  Well said.....


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                    • #25
                      Yup, he is a scum bucket.

                      Full text: Jian Ghomeshi’s Facebook post on why he believes CBC fired him

                      About two years ago I started seeing a woman in her late 20s. Our relationship was affectionate, casual and passionate. We saw each other on and off over the period of a year and began

                      We talked about using safe words and regularly checked in with each other about our comfort levels. She encouraged our role-play and often was the initiator. We joked about our relations being like a mild form of Fifty Shades of Grey or a story from Lynn Coady’s Giller-Prize winning book last year. I don’t wish to get into any more detail because it is truly not anyone’s business what two consenting adults do. I have never discussed my private life before. Sexual preferences are a human right.
                      Despite a strong connection between us it became clear to me that our on-and-off dating was unlikely to grow into a larger relationship and I ended things in the beginning of this year.

                      Okay onoo going tell me dis noh serve im right. LOLOL

                      She was upset by this and sent me messages indicating her disappointment that I would not commit to more, and her anger that I was seeing others.

                      After this, in the early spring there began a campaign of harassment, vengeance and demonization against me that would lead to months of anxiety.
                      It came to light that a woman had begun anonymously reaching out to people that I had dated (via Facebook) to tell them she had been a victim of abusive relations with me. In other words, someone was reframing what had been an ongoing consensual relationship as something nefarious. I learned – through one of my friends who got in contact with this person – that someone had rifled through my phone on one occasion and taken down the names of any woman I had seemed to have been dating in recent years. This person had begun methodically contacting them to try to build a story against me. Increasingly, female friends and ex-girlfriends of mine told me about these attempts to smear me.


                      • #26
                        Should the 3 complainants be charged with perjury?

                        Additional deceptions was included in the judgement.

                        This journalist noh easy. "She behaved like a lovesick stalker.....she stalked him for a year and tried to get him to ROOKS her."

                        When he wouldn't she behaved like a jilted woman.
                        Last edited by Tropicana; 03-29-2016, 07:24 PM.


                        • #27
                          Oh man, check this out.

                          Lucy DeCoutere announces resignation from Trailer Park Boys after Mike Smith's arrest

                          Trailer Park Boys actress Lucy DeCoutere tweeted Saturday she was resigning from the show, only hours after her colleagues released a statement in support of actor Mike Smith, accused of domestic battery in Hollywood."If I find out that somebody is abusive, I cut them out of my life. It's very easy," DeCoutere tweeted earlier Saturday afternoon.
                          In another tweet, which has since been deleted, she said her resignation was connected to Smith's arrest.
                          Smith, 43, plays the character Bubbles on the popular television show that made its debut on Netflix with Season 8.


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                            • #29
                              Ghomeshi Walks again.

                              No blame. No admission. No plea.
                              And, really, no explanation for any of it.
                              Worked out just dandy for Jian Ghomeshi, who left court on Wednesday with no strings attached, but for a one-year peace bond and $500 surety.
                              Ghomeshi is finished with legal proceedings. After some 14 months of racy scandal, screaming front-page headlines, intimate details of sexual proclivities forensically examined in the public domain, a life turned inside out and exposed for all its creepy tendencies, Ghomeshi can resume his existence far from prying eyes — or regurgitate the whole thing via a book deal, starring Jian Ghomeshi. He always craved the spotlight. Now he can put his own psycho-sexual spin on it, too.

                              He won. And in a world of celebrity second acts, he might just be able to reinvent himself.



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