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New sexual assault laws riddled with Charter violations

Friday, August 25, 2017 @ 8:39 AM | By Laurelly Dale

In a Canada where Ghomeshi never happened, it is likely that significant changes to our sexual assault laws would not be in the hopper at the House of Commons. Nothing out of the ordinary or unprecedented happened in Ghomeshi. Basic principles of cross-examination taught in law school were utilized to impeach the complainants. To make full answer and defence, counsel must use all relevant information to protect their client. Defence lawyers should be worried about Bill C-51.

The highlights of Bill C-51 include: Critical changes to the sexual...