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Court's hearsay exception ruling concerns lawyers

Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 8:00 PM | By Michael Benedict

The Court of Appeal of Ontario has established a “distinction without a difference” in allowing a prior consistent statement to help assess, but not bolster, a witness’s credibility, according to Toronto criminal lawyer Maija Martin.

Others in the legal profession share the concerns of Martin, who represented former York Regional police officer Noor Khan whose sexual assault conviction was upheld last month by the Ontario high court in R. v. Khan 2017 ONCA 114.

“It is difficult to understand the difference between using a prior statement...