2017-08-11 19:33:49 UTC
has found three Toronto male police officers not guilty of forcing sex on a heavily
intoxicated woman, and argued that the rising movement to 'believe the victim' has no
place in the courts.
The complainant, a female parking-enforcement officer, testified that she had been so
drunk or drugged that she couldn't move or speak during the January, 2015, incident,
which occurred in a hotel room. But Ontario Superior Court Justice Anne Molloy said she
could not rely on the complainant's testimony, which she found inconsistent, implausible
at times and contradicted by - on the key issue of her capacity to consent - video
recordings and a toxicologist.
'Although the slogan 'Believe the victim' has become popularized of late, it has no place
in a criminal trial,' Justice Molloy wrote in a 45-page ruling released Wednesday. She
said the assumption that sexual-assault complainants tell the truth imposes a presumption
of guilt on the accused."
Trial decision: http://canlii.ca/t/h59cf
Now the usual suspects can begin attacking the judge & calling for her head...