Jian Ghomeshi’s second trial will never see the light of day.
Instead he will sign a peace bond with conditions resulting in the remaining charges being dropped.
This usually happens when there isn’t sufficient evidence to proceed or new information has come forward making a conviction impossible.
Clearly the lack of success the first time around made the second effort futile.
After the first cases were thrown out many screamed the justice system does not favour the victim, in this case, of sexual assault.
Here is the problem with that view.
The justice system should not favour anyone, but distribute justice equally no matter the crime.
The lack of conviction in this case had little to do with the type of crime and more to do with witnesses that did not tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth to police, lawyers or the prosecution.
It does not matter if the crime is rape, murder or robbery, if a witness is not credible, there will not be a conviction.
Perhaps we should do more to prepare victims for success at trial (like telling the truth), rather than lowing the bar on a conviction for a specific individual crime.
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