Episode 7: #meQ – Unpacking the Jian Ghomeshi Trial (Part 1 of 2)

Remember the Jian Ghomeshi trial?  In late 2014, a number of women came forward with allegations of abuse against the CBC radio host.  The CBC fired Ghomeshi, he was charged with criminal offences, and in 2016, he was tried before the Ontario Court of Justice in Toronto.

The Jian Ghomeshi trial had all the juice: fame, intrigue, surprise . . . and an infamous teddy bear.  It galvanized a national conversation about sexual assault in Canada.  Yet when all was said and done, Ghomeshi walked free.

In this two-part series, Mindy Caterina and Garrett Jamieson take another look at how and why the trial unfolded the way it did.  Part 1 covers:

  • Jian Ghomeshi – who he is and who he was when the allegations came out
  • The Timeline – how the Ghomeshi allegations fit in with the timeline of the #metoo movement
  • The Offences – the criminal offences of sexual assault and overcome resistance to choking
  • The Trial – a review of the evidence of the first witness who testified at the Jian Ghomeshi trial

Useful Links:

Global News Timeline of the Jian Ghomeshi Sex Assault Scandal

Late October 2014: 8 women accuse Jian Ghomeshi of abusive behaviour

The Trial Decision: R v Ghomeshi, 2016 ONCJ 155

CBC article “Jian Ghomeshi ruling should be appealed, lawyer says”

(Note: the above CBC article describes a lawyer’s opinion that the trial judge erred in finding that Ghomeshi did not drive a yellow Volkswagen Beetle at the time of his alleged assault of L.R.  However, according to this article, it was an “agreed fact” that Ghomeshi did not lease a Volkswagen Beetle until 7 months after the events L.R. described.  In criminal trials, “agreed facts” are facts that both sides accept as being true and that the trial judge is therefore entitled to rely on.)

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