HIGH PROFILE TRIAL COULD LEAD TO LEGAL REFORMS

Jul 26, 2016

By Christine Ross

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Social media scrutiny of the Jian Ghomeshi case could lead to reforms to the legal system and how it handles sexual assault cases. Researcher Mary Rolf, a law student at Dalhouse University, presented her findings to a panel at an international law conference in Halifax Tuesday. She says the high-profile case against the former CBC radio host gave social media spectators a rare glimpse into how the criminal justice system works. She adds it could lead to “crowd-sourced reforms”. Social media sites lit up in February igniting a debate about the case and Canada’s sexual assault laws.Many media outlets live-tweeted the case, with people inside the courtroom responding to social media questions as the trial unfolded online. Rolf says platforms like Twitter and Facebook place discussion about reform into the public domain.

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