GROUPS ACROSS NOVA SCOTIA CALL FOR REMOVAL OF 'DRUNKS CAN CONSENT' JUDGE
Mar 03, 2017
By Bob Komsic
Saying a Halifax judge’s recent ruling demonstrates a clear disregard for and lack of understanding of sexual assault and definitions of consent, a dozen sex assault centres and other experts are calling for the judge’s removal from the provincial bench.
He acquitted a taxi driver, who was charged with sexually assaulting an intoxicated woman in his cab.
(Judge Lenehan as Crown prosecutor in 2009 / CBC)
Judge Gregory Lenehan ruled ”clearly a drunk can consent” and that the Crown provided no evidence she had not consented.
A petition is calling for a formal inquiry and organizers of two protests planned for next week want Lenehan gone.
While not commenting directly on the case, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’ll continue demanding there be improvements and encourage changes in attitudes in how the justice system deals with survivors of sexual assault and the issue of consent.