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Defence lawyers weigh in on the treatment of sexual assault complainants in court

The Crown and defence presented their closing arguments today in the trial of former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi. He's pleaded not guilty to four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking. The case has sparked a lot of conversation about how the courts treat sexual assault complainants - especially the tactics of defence lawyers. You can hear some of those concerns from complainants here and here.


We wanted to hear what defence lawyers think of the concerns being raised, around the Ghomeshi trial and beyond. Michael Spratt and Anne-Marie McElroy are both criminal defence lawyers here in Ottawa, and they joined us with their thoughts.



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