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Appeal court raps jury over inconsistencies

Thursday, June 04, 2015 @ 8:00 PM | By Kim Arnott

It was illogical and inconsistent for a jury to convict a Toronto-area man for criminal negligence causing death while acquitting him on a charge of dangerous driving causing death for the same conduct, the Court of Appeal for Ontario has ruled.

With a unanimous ruling that the verdicts are “necessarily inconsistent,” the court allowed Mohamad Al-Kassem’s appeal and replaced his conviction with an acquittal in R. v. Al-Kassem [2015] O.J. No. 2330.

A conviction for criminal negligence causing death would require the Crown to prove a...