Ghomeshi Trial Begins

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mark_alfred

I didn't feel that the examination in chief was seriously undermined by the cross examination of either witness (I have read through the run down of them).  I don't give much credit to comments by Schofield for the reason I mentioned in post #185, and DiManno I don't even bother to read because I usually find her too reactionary.

Ghomeshi claimed he had consent, and the complainants claimed they were completely taken aback by his sudden violent outbursts in the bedroom, especially since he usually had been quite nice.  Nothing I've read shakes my belief in the complainants' version.  Anyway, I'll await the judge's decision, who I assume is impartial and professional.

I myself am biased, I admit it.  I still have a crush on Lucy DeCoutere from her Trailer Park days, and I've always loathed Ghomeshi from his Q days.  Every time the Current came to an end, I'd be like, "nuts, this self-important arrogant shmuck again?"  I remember one time he interviewed Brian Eno, whom I'm a big fan of.  After, he ended up playing Bowie's Heroes.  Talk about self-indulgent.  Eno has all sorts of his own music that could have been chosen, yet Ghomeshi, a Bowie fan, naturally picks a Bowie song (it was produced by Eno, but still, he would not have played Iggy Pop's Lust for Life if he had just interviewed Bowie, now would he?  Nope, it would rightfully be pure Bowie, so after interviewing Eno he should have played pure Eno -- still infuriates me).

Anyway, here's a song I'm dedicating to the wonderful and brave Lucy DeCoutere:  Eno's I'll Come Running to Tie Your Shoes.  Screw you Ghomeshi!

mark_alfred

Don’t dismiss Ghomeshi’s accusers over their after-the-fact behaviour

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This week saw two witnesses testify in the Jian Ghomeshi trial. Both witnesses are women who shared their descriptions of being romanced – and then suddenly, allegedly slapped, choked or otherwise assaulted − by the former radio host. The locus of the attention has been the women’s reactions and continued relationships with Mr. Ghomeshi after the alleged abusive incidents.

Whether or not Mr. Ghomeshi is innocent or guilty of these assaults, of course, remains to be seen. But it’s important not to dismiss the victims because of their behaviour after the alleged assaults occurred. In fact, their actions – dismissive reactions of the event, and a desire to maintain contact and continue a relationship – are common.

[..]

The witness in this case shared a poignant reflection that many survivors I’ve worked with, who are victimized by a highly-respected or loved offender could likely also relate to: that this was a redeemable relationship.

It’s not only the witnesses we’ve heard from who wanted to share this perspective: Many Canadians initially joined in the hope that these allegations were not all that serious.

“I was thinking maybe this assault was a one-off,” Ms. DeCoutere said. “Everyone makes gaffes.”

6079_Smith_W

monty1 wrote:

Very much enjoying your remarks Paladin. I find it's enriching to the conversation and are something different than the same old singsong that's been repeated over and over again. I think that if there's any legitimate objections then they will come from the people who should object. The moderators. Others need to pull in their horns and stop trying to push people around for their opinons. They're turning out to be the biggest offenders of all.

Yes, I can understand why you'd enjoy that, which is why I spoke about it.

I don't think it was Paladin's intent, but given the ongoing attempts in this thread to undermine this trial, including baseless speculation that the case will be dropped entirely,  it really isn't helpful.

Nor is it accurate. Bottom line is, there is no indication that the judge is sleeping in this case, or that this is "just business".

 

6079_Smith_W
6079_Smith_W

http://www.macleans.ca/society/whats-really-on-trial-in-the-ghomeshi-case/

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Today, a “because it’s 2016” belief in female sexual agency can be used against complainants. That women freely go out at night, dress as they want, and enjoy sex outside of marriage has made it plausible to suggest a woman would consent to sex with five boys, one of them armed, in a public park or, in the case of Rehtaeh Parsons, consent to sex with two boys at a party while vomiting out a window. At the same time, the courts often uphold a Victorian model of prim womanhood in which women would experience such violation and shame after a consensual sexual encounter that they would fabricate a claim or seek revenge.

Northern PoV

mark_alfred wrote:

<snip>  Anyway, I'll await the judge's decision, who I assume is impartial and professional.

I myself am biased, I admit it.  I still have a crush on Lucy DeCoutere from her Trailer Park days, and I've always loathed Ghomeshi from his Q days. <snip> 

thank you

Maysie Maysie's picture

Another reality check for those who need it.

For fuck's sake.

Maysie Maysie's picture

This blog is from a few years ago and completely applies.

Looks like I don't have to read the ignorant ramblings of the MSM trying to "explain" what this is all about, the motives of the victims and the oh, so complicated reality of sexual assualt (sacrcasm).

It's appalling to find many of the people listed below in this thread. How babble has changed. How the misogynist babblers are allowed to continue to post here is beyond me.

The People You Meet When You Talk About Rape

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Mr. Model Victims Only Please
"The victim was no angel herself. If you look at her record, she's been arrested several times, she's a single mother, and she's living on welfare. So it's not like she was some innocent little virgin beforehand. None of this makes it right, but I'm just saying, let's not overreact like a good woman got ruined."

Ms. Fashion Police
"Did you hear what she was wearing? I'm sorry but that's just not common sense. If you go out looking like a piece of meat, you have to expect you'll get treated like a piece of meat."

Mr. I'm Not Blaming Her But It's Her Fault
"Rape is never the victim's fault, of course. But I just want people to admit that she has some responsibility. That she maybe played a part in it. That in an alternate universe where she'd done things differently and she lived in a steel Battlemech wearing a chastity belt, she wouldn't have gotten raped, and she did make the choice to not use a Battlemech. I just need people to acknowledge that."

Ms. CSI
"If you put the pieces together, her story just doesn't wash. She claims that he ripped her pants off, but her pants have a button fly. Ha! And she waited a whole forty minutes after the supposed rape to call the police--who would do that?"

Ms. You Don't Just Get To Decide Whether You Consent
"She was seen earlier in the night drinking with this guy, talking to him, and even making out with him! And then she went up to his apartment! What did she think would happen? No one ever goes to a guy's apartment unless they're consenting to every sex act he could possibly want."

... and many more.

Men who don't take this trial and its implications very very seriously regarding what their "analysis" means for women and the rape culture that we live in everyday should be deeply ashamed of themselves. 

quizzical

the link doesn't go anywere maysie.

Northern PoV

Maysie wrote:

Another reality check for those who need it.

For fuck's sake.

So this general statistical information cancels out all the actual evidence in the case!  Good to know.

Rev. Dr. Brent Leroy Hawkes will be pleased to know he is hereby convicted w/o due process...

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

Maysie wrote:

This blog is from a few years ago and completely applies.

Looks like I don't have to read the ignorant ramblings of the MSM trying to "explain" what this is all about, the motives of the victims and the oh, so complicated reality of sexual assualt (sacrcasm).

It's appalling to find many of the people listed below in this thread. How babble has changed. How the misogynist babblers are allowed to continue to post here is beyond me.

A Maysie sighting. Thank you for wading in with your views that are always direct and too the point. I too wonder why some of the comments have been allowed to stand without the moderators stepping in to refocus the debate away from the victim blaming and support for the misogynist JG.

Northern PoV

Gillian Hnatiw

This is the lawyer LD refered to as a "diva" .... while promoting her to a fellow complainant. (The judge will look dimly on that contact.)

Whatever side you might take in this discussion I would suggest that Gillian Hnatiw has played a dismal part and destroyed her own reputation.

She is an 'expert' in this area... and she left LD totally exposed to the potential pitfalls of cross examination. 

Then, she trots outside (cause the courtroom case is lost) and trys to shout loud enough to cover uo her enourmous blunders.  And some of the media dutifully fall for it.

monty1

Pondering wrote:

Northern PoV wrote:

alleged victims ... who have lost credibility ... one who is now worried about facing a perjury charge.

in fact you do a huge disservice to victims of abuse when include these sad cases in the 'victim blaming' category

Unless you are one of those victims, like a number of the women here are, that isn't your call.

The women participating in this conversation don't have any trouble at all understanding the women's behavior even if it is not what we think we would have done under the same circumstances. That is because we have all experienced female conditioning and understand that it can take decades, a lifetime even, to undo what we have been taught to accept and taught to value in ourselves and in the men we are attracted to.

 

Good comments Pondering. I believe there is something very important in what you said from a socialist's POV. I'll accept it at least partially at face value even thought it's just a hint of what men are missing. I'll be watching your posts for more hints. 

I think it takes 'real' social responsibility to even want to understand. And that's not to butter my own bread, just to bring it to the attention of some of those who don't demonstrate much of same.

And assuming that everyone here understands the real meaning of the word 'meme', that gets used incorrectly so often, I would like you to consider if that comes into play? (see Richard Dawkins who owns the word) Then consider the use of the word 'genes' in it's place for further enlighenment.

mark_alfred

Re:  post #212

Hnatiw and DeCoutere have been fine, in my opinion.  Regarding due process, this is a good idea, but it must also be coupled with the idea of fairness.  The focus should be on Ghomeshi, the alleged perpetrator, not on outside factors concerning the victims. 

Good article on this topic in Macleans:  http://www.macleans.ca/society/whats-really-on-trial-in-the-ghomeshi-case/

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The trial is destined to expose the try-the-accuser prosecution of sexual assault, an area of criminal law in need of radical overhaul, according to those who work within it.

Sexual assault trials are unique in our justice system in that there is dispute over whether the crime happened at all—even though disappearance of money or a car can be just as difficult to prove. “Typically, there’s no question of whether somebody was injured or money was stolen,” Hnatiw tells Maclean’s. “The actus reus part—whether the crime occurred at all—is rarely in play, but that’s a common defence in sexual assault.”

Sex crimes continue to be treated singularly within the law. No one asks the victim of a mugging why they handed over their wallet, or what they were doing in that neighbourhood, or question whether the crime even took place. We know false claims are the anomaly (two to eight per cent, according to FBI studies). Yet disbelieving the complainant remains the norm. Conviction rates have not risen a whit: according to the 2012 study “Sexual Assault in Canadian Law” they stand at 0.3 per cent. And complainants are still on trial. Consider the defence lawyer slang for questioning those who dare come forward: “whacking.”

ETA:  oops, just noticed that 6079_Smith_W already linked to this article.

Maysie Maysie's picture

Hey kropotkin, turns out I lost my mind and wanted to read the thread about JG on babble. Don't ask me why. I'm glad you, Smith, quiz and a few others are trying to fight back against opinions here that I can only describe as What The Fucking Hell Fuck. I don't need to read comments sections, I can just come here.

Northern POV, not sure what you're talking about. JG will very likely not be found guilty of anything. Both the statistics and the court system make sure that only 3 in 1000, that's 0.3% of rapes actually get convicted. Are you living in some Men's Rights Activist Paradise? Oh yes, you are. We all are. Congrats. You win.

The rest of us are fully allowed to express our disgust at the injustice, both within the workplace, where no complaints were dealt with, and in the courts, where women who met with him socially are being put on trial. Do we not remember the videos he had made from the "teddy cam"? What about other allegations of sexual harassment on the job which speak to his history, his M.O. and his character?

Yes, this is what defence attourneys are supposed to do. It's FUCKED UP, but it's what they do. Oh well, just another day in white supremacist capitalist patriarchy.

Why isn't this thread in the feminism forum? And even if it stays here, why aren't babble's feminist guidelines being followed? 

I have a lot of questions. No answers.

pookie

To Northern POV:

Remember that DC's lawyer only has access to what her client tells her and what the Crown chooses to disclose.  There is no process to compel the Crown to disclose anything to a witness.

And, of course, JG is entitled to keep all of his evidence secret to be rolled out as he sees fit.

If LCD either did not remember the details about the subsequent contact, or didn't think it important, that cannot be laid at the feet of her counsel.

Pondering

Thank-you Maysie.

Northern PoV

pookie wrote:

To Northern POV:

Remember that DC's lawyer only has access to what her client tells her and what the Crown chooses to disclose.  There is no process to compel the Crown to disclose anything to a witness.

And, of course, JG is entitled to keep all of his evidence secret to be rolled out as he sees fit.

If LCD either did not remember the details about the subsequent contact, or didn't think it important, that cannot be laid at the feet of her counsel.

I think you meant: "There is no process to compel the defence to disclose anything to the crown."  The crown must dislose all.

And perhaps you don't see it but .... when you defend the diva lawyer you simply implicate LD as the main source of the problem.

It is what she did not tell her lawyer and the crown (and the judge when prompted) that has come back to haunt her. 

Given her recall of the other details of 13 years earlier, her ommision of the fawning post-incident pursuit of Ghomeshi destroys any credibility. 

Smitten, then scorned providing a motive  for revenge.

6079_Smith_W

Maysie wrote:

Hey kropotkin, turns out I lost my mind and wanted to read the thread about JG on babble. Don't ask me why. I'm glad you, Smith, quiz and a few others are trying to fight back against opinions here that I can only describe as What The Fucking Hell Fuck. I don't need to read comments sections, I can just come here.

Likewise, sure glad you dropped in.

You know, I wouldn't even mind having this conversation with people I disagreed with if it was conducted with some honesty.

It is stuff like the comment just above this, and #210, and really a pattern of grabbing at any lie, smear, or manipulaiton to point this in any direction other than Jian Ghomeshi (or attackers generally beng able to do whatever they want) that is both insulting and surprising

Can't remember if I said it here; I know I did on facebook. But I think this line of attack is a direct result of these anti-women men's groups getting more organized and emboldened enough to crawl out from under their rocks and say outrageous shit in public that in the past they kept more private.

I certainly recognize all the talking points.

It isn't like there haven't been high-profile sexual assault cases before, and it isn't like Ghomeshi is all that well-liked, or that anyone is even arguing that he didn't do what he is accused of. But this whole line of dishonest burn-it-down nonsense, from portraying the victims as attackers, and liars, calling the trial baseless, to nonsense arguments like how far you can kick someone's balls into their throat before we consider it assault, is simply absurd.

There is no arguing with it except to call it the crap that it is.

 

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

Maysie wrote:

Hey kropotkin, turns out I lost my mind and wanted to read the thread about JG on babble. Don't ask me why. I'm glad you, Smith, quiz and a few others are trying to fight back against opinions here that I can only describe as What The Fucking Hell Fuck. I don't need to read comments sections, I can just come here.

Thanks for your kind words. Years ago on this board I had some of my patriarchal views tuned up by BigCityGirl and am a better man for it.

6079_Smith_W

http://canadalandshow.com/article/why-did-jian-ghomeshi-keep-lucy-decout...

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Up on the third floor of Old City Hall, one floor above where the Jian Ghomeshi case is being heard, another sexual assault trial began last week.

http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/2016/02/07/the-sex-assault-trial-one...

 

pookie

Northern PoV wrote:

pookie wrote:

To Northern POV:

Remember that DC's lawyer only has access to what her client tells her and what the Crown chooses to disclose.  There is no process to compel the Crown to disclose anything to a witness.

And, of course, JG is entitled to keep all of his evidence secret to be rolled out as he sees fit.

If LCD either did not remember the details about the subsequent contact, or didn't think it important, that cannot be laid at the feet of her counsel.

I think you meant: "There is no process to compel the defence to disclose anything to the crown."  The crown must dislose all.

And perhaps you don't see it but .... when you defend the diva lawyer you simply implicate LD as the main source of the problem.

It is what she did not tell her lawyer and the crown (and the judge when prompted) that has come back to haunt her. 

Given her recall of the other details of 13 years earlier, her ommision of the fawning post-incident pursuit of Ghomeshi destroys any credibility. 

Smitten, then scorned providing a motive  for revenge.

No, I meant there is no process to compel the Crown to disclose anything to a witness.  Because you are talking about the witness' lawyer, so what that lawyer would have had access to is relevant.  Obviously the defence need not disclose anything to anyone.

I find the term "diva lawyer" disrespectful to a committed feminist advocate who has spent years fighting to promote justice and fairness re VAW. LCD used that term in a very different way than you are now.

Oh, and it is absolutely fair game to comment on LCD's testimony under cross-x.  That doesn't mean I disbelieve the guts of her story.  I tend to believe her. But, yup, the information put to her on cross was.....not helpful to the Crown's case.  

Misfit Misfit's picture

My concern is that some people can interpret the findings from post #208 that only 0.3% of sexual assaults result in convictions as meaning that most sexual assault allegations are false and made up by women rather than that the judicial court process systemically discriminates against victims of sexual assault and that this process very clearly does not work or help those truly in need of justice. My second concern is that if JG does get acquitted of these charges, that he will be in a position to sue the CBC for wrongful dismissal and that he will fight to get his job back.

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

I posted this in the Hawkes thread but realized it properly belongs in this thread.

voice of the damned wrote:

As for the second point, well, if I say "We can't be sure beyond a reasonable doubt that the complainant's statement is accurate", I am saying that there is a possibility that they are lying or delusional. Which might not be as absolute as saying that they ARE lying or delusional, but still not exactly flattering to the complainant's character.

The test for any single piece of evidence, even in a criminal case, is the preponderance of the probabilities. When one decides a criminal case all the evidence has to add up to beyond a reasonable doubt. I have quoted the following paragraph in numerous cases. I think that at this point we know nothing about the evidence in the case against Hawkes. In JG's case he says he hit and slapped them but they wanted it. Numerous women say he assaulted them prior to consent. I think the women's stories are far more reasonable than JG's.

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The credibility of interested witness, particularly in cases of conflict of evidence, cannot be gauged solely by the test of whether the personal demeanour of the particular witness carried conviction of the truth. The test must reasonably subject his story to an examination of its consistency with the probabilities that surround the currently existing conditions. In short, the real test of the truth of the story of a witness in such a case must be its harmony with the preponderance of the probabilities which a practical and informed person would readily recognize as reasonable in that place and in those conditions. Only thus can a Court satisfactorily appraise the testimony of quick-minded, experienced and confident witnesses, and of those shrewd persons adept in the half-lie and of long and successful experience in combining skilful exaggeration with partial suppression of the truth.

http://disinherited.com/legal-principles-affecting-judges-assessment-wit...

 

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

Misfit wrote:

My second concern is that if JG does get acquitted of these charges, that he will be in a position to sue the CBC for wrongful dismissal and that he will fight to get his job back.

He cannot sue the CBC because he was in a union and covered by a collective agreement. The odds of him ever being on the CBC again except as the subject of a newscast are zero, IMO. Because he as host becomes the face of the CBC they have the right to demand conduct that is acceptable to their target audience. Given that he has proudly claimed he likes to beat up women and it turns him on gives them reason to say no thanks to his services no matter what a Judge decides in this case.

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

I think that's probably correct.

But let's pretend that in some topsy-turvey world, the CBC was compelled somehow to put him back at the helm of Q.

They could quite legitimately come to him two weeks later and say "sorry, we're replacing you because nobody's listening to your show now".  It's not like he's some factory worker whose job is to pack 1000 units per shift.  If listeners don't really want to listen to him any more then his employer would be well within their rights to turf him again.

Misfit Misfit's picture

He dropped the 50 million dollar civil suit. I am wondering if he could launch this lawsuit again if he is acquitted in these criminal proceedings.

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

Strictly speaking, he could launch it again even if he's convicted.

But if you mean "would it fly?" then my layperson's guess would be "no".

Remember when radio shock-jock Don Imus was fired for an odious and racist comment?  He wasn't "aquitted" of that because he wasn't even charged with it -- he didn't even break the law.  But his employer quite reasonably didn't wish to give him a microphone any more.

Northern PoV

Misfit wrote:
He dropped the 50 million dollar civil suit. I am wondering if he could launch this lawsuit again if he is acquitted in these criminal proceedings.

Not likely.  He is still paying the costs for the 1st one (CBC was awarded costs when he withdrew.)

JG is toast. Yesterday's burnt toast. 

What ever the outcome of this ugly trial about the sordid he said/she said events 13 years ago, JG will remain a reprehensible figure not meant for civilized company.

6079_Smith_W

We discussed this a couple of years ago. He had no grounds to sue in the first place:

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/Ghomeshi+lawsuit+doomed+fail/10419157/story...

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It is arguable that, from an ethical standpoint, this suit should never have been launched because lawyers are not supposed to accept cases without merit, as this one clearly was from the start. The lawyer Mr. Ghomeshi hired was not even an employment lawyer, but one versed in insolvency. Perhaps that is propitious: With no income, no likely prospects for imminent employment, a celebrity-level lifestyle to maintain and now two legal bills to cover - his own and the CBC's - who knows if that may be the kind of legal advice he may one day come to need.

Mr. Ghomeshi is left now with only the ability to launch a grievance through his union.

But fickle fate may even deny him that possible remedy. Union employees are subject to their union's whims, and I predict, this union will simply refuse to take this case through to arbitration.

 

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

Mr. Magoo wrote:

Strictly speaking, he could launch it again even if he's convicted.

But if you mean "would it fly?" then my layperson's guess would be "no".

Remember when radio shock-jock Don Imus was fired for an odious and racist comment?  He wasn't "aquitted" of that because he wasn't even charged with it -- he didn't even break the law.  But his employer quite reasonably didn't wish to give him a microphone any more.

No a union member cannot sue for wrongful dismissal. he obviously got really bad legal advice when he originally sued the CBC. It would appear that after getting good advice he not only dropped the suit but paid CBC its full costs, before those costs got any higher.

Northern PoV

pookie wrote:

<snip> I find the term "diva lawyer" disrespectful to a committed feminist advocate who has spent years fighting to promote justice and fairness re VAW. LCD used that term in a very different way than you are now.  <snip>

How is LD using the term diva-lawyer?  How does my use differ?

PS: I viewed it in conjuction with LD's comment about 'looking forward to court as theatre' .

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

Misfit wrote:

My concern is that some people can interpret the findings from post #208 that only 0.3% of sexual assaults result in convictions as meaning that most sexual assault allegations are false and made up by women rather than that the judicial court process systemically discriminates against victims of sexual assault and that this process very clearly does not work or help those truly in need of justice.

Yes it is always a worry that people look at stats that show systemic discrimination and then use it a proof that the victims are to blame. If I say there are disproportionately more First Nations people in our jails than any other group I use it to show the inherent bias in the system, a racist can use the same stat to "prove" FN's people are more criminal than the rest of society. Double edged swords are always tricky to handle.

Here is a good article showing the major problems any victim of sexual assault must overcome.

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Up on the third floor of Old City Hall, one floor above where the Jian Ghomeshi case is being heard, another sexual assault trial began last week.

There was a lineup outside this courtroom, too — not of journalists, though. Most of the crowd in the small domestic violence court were young feminists, here to support their friend, Mandi Gray.

Gray is a 27-year-old PhD student at York University who says she was raped by a fellow York doctoral student, Mustafa Ururyar, a year ago, almost to the day. The two had been casually dating for two weeks.

Gray — who has waived her right to a publication ban — testified the assault happened in the morning of Jan. 31, 2015, after the two had closed down a Bloor St. bar with fellow York students. Gray was “a little tipsy,” after consuming about seven beers. Earlier in the evening, before he arrived, she texted Ururyar to “come drink and then we can have hot sex.” He responded that he was tired and sick, but later decided to come.

Around 2 a.m., the two said goodbye to one of Gray’s friends, and suddenly, Ururyar’s demeanour changed, Gray testified.

On the way back to his apartment, Ururyar insulted her repeatedly, calling her “needy,” “an embarrassment,” “a slut” and a “drunk.” Along the way, her self-esteem crumbled, she said.

Then, when they got into his room, she said he stuffed his penis into her mouth and then raped her. She was frozen in confusion and fear, she said.

“I kind of checked out of my physical being,” she said from the stand.

“I was so scared, I didn’t know what else to do. I just went along with it.”

 

http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/2016/02/07/the-sex-assault-trial-one...

 

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

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No a union member cannot sue for wrongful dismissal. he obviously got really bad legal advice when he originally sued the CBC. It would appear that after getting good advice he not only dropped the suit but paid CBC its full costs, before those costs got any higher.

Fair enough.  That too.  But now I'm left wondering -- just as a sidebar -- whether he could at least sue whichever Lionel Hutz said to him "go for 50 mil, Jian!  We can win this!".

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

Mr. Magoo wrote:

Quote:
No a union member cannot sue for wrongful dismissal. he obviously got really bad legal advice when he originally sued the CBC. It would appear that after getting good advice he not only dropped the suit but paid CBC its full costs, before those costs got any higher.

Fair enough.  That too.  But now I'm left wondering -- just as a sidebar -- whether he could at least sue whichever Lionel Hutz said to him "go for 50 mil, Jian!  We can win this!".

I think he would have a valid claim against the lawyers compulsory insurance.

Sineed

Maysie wrote:
I'm glad you, Smith, quiz and a few others are trying to fight back against opinions here that I can only describe as What The Fucking Hell Fuck.

Just dropping by to add my voice to the chorus of What The Fucking Hell Fuck :)

Why did Jian Ghomeshi Keep Luci DeCoutere's Letter?

http://canadalandshow.com/article/why-did-jian-ghomeshi-keep-lucy-decout...

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Jian Ghomeshi kept Lucy DeCoutere’s handwritten letter to him for 13 years. She was never his girlfriend. They never had sex. Given what we heard at trial last week, it's hard to imagine he was carrying a flame for her. So, why did he hold on to it for over a decade?

Ghomeshi kept files on women in case they would later accuse him of violence.

Jesse Brown goes on to describe the tale of a woman who was punched by JG, and what happened when she confronted him:

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That's when he reminded her in an aggressive tone that he had kept records: "i have text messages...you WANTED it..."

Three other women told me similar stories, supported by evidence, of manipulation and entrapment. Ghomeshi would establish an electronic paper trail before the alleged violence took place and would make efforts to continue a correspondence afterwards. It followed a pattern.

Ghomeshi encouraged women he was pursuing to engage in rough sex talk over text, Facebook message, or email. They told me that if they balked, he would assure them over the phone (verbally, no records) that it was just fantasy, and none of it would physically happen to them. He told them it was healthy to "experiment" and he taunted and challenged them, saying maybe they were "not ready" for a guy like him....

JG's obsessive sociopathy aside, there's also a matter of the behaviour of sexual assault survivors. Women who have been sexually attacked sometimes may be in denial, and continue to be friendly with their attackers. Add to this the power differential between the victims and the perpetrator, usually just a function of male privilege, but in this case also the fact that the attacker is rich and powerful, and it's not surprising you get a kind of Stockholm Syndrome.

The prosecution needs to get an expert witness on the psychology of sexual trauma and put them on the stand.


kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

Thx Sineed that piece is unfucking real. The depth of the depravity that it shows is astounding

Paladin1

6079_Smith_W wrote:

http://www.macleans.ca/society/whats-really-on-trial-in-the-ghomeshi-case/

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Today, a “because it’s 2016” belief in female sexual agency can be used against complainants. That women freely go out at night, dress as they want, and enjoy sex outside of marriage has made it plausible to suggest a woman would consent to sex with five boys, one of them armed, in a public park or, in the case of Rehtaeh Parsons, consent to sex with two boys at a party while vomiting out a window. At the same time, the courts often uphold a Victorian model of prim womanhood in which women would experience such violation and shame after a consensual sexual encounter that they would fabricate a claim or seek revenge.

Really good information and link thanks for posting that.

Ghomeshi seems like a real scumbag.

Paladin1

Sineed wrote:

JG's obsessive sociopathy aside, there's also a matter of the behaviour of sexual assault survivors. Women who have been sexually attacked sometimes may be in denial, and continue to be friendly with their attackers. Add to this the power differential between the victims and the perpetrator, usually just a function of male privilege, but in this case also the fact that the attacker is rich and powerful, and it's not surprising you get a kind of Stockholm Syndrome.

 

A great response to all the male social media CSI and psychology experts on womans behaviors.

quizzical

nope nm no point wasted time

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Gustav's post #240 confirms how some will twist the stats to redefine that women who are sexually assaulted lie about it. It simply did not happen.

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This thread is the most depressing thing I've read in quite a while. It's amazing (not in a good way) that the discussion of how victims of abuse react is or isn't "logical", the crap around presumption of innocence outside the court room, the casual misogyny of percolated rape stats. Peachy.

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Northern PoV wrote:

Maysie wrote:

Another reality check for those who need it.

For fuck's sake.

So this general statistical information cancels out all the actual evidence in the case!  Good to know.

Rev. Dr. Brent Leroy Hawkes will be pleased to know he is hereby convicted w/o due process...

 

Has there been a denial that he assaulted these women? I bet Denver tonight and I'll bet this judge is no fool.

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takeitslowly wrote:

but the fact is these women lied about having contact with him in court, so its hard to enter a conviction becasue their credibility is tainted. it is very confusing.

 

They did not lie, please link these assertions. They were not forthcoming. The fuck you expect from assaulted people???

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Northern PoV wrote:

Gillian Hnatiw

This is the lawyer LD refered to as a "diva" .... while promoting her to a fellow complainant. (The judge will look dimly on that contact.)

Whatever side you might take in this discussion I would suggest that Gillian Hnatiw has played a dismal part and destroyed her own reputation.

She is an 'expert' in this area... and she left LD totally exposed to the potential pitfalls of cross examination. 

Then, she trots outside (cause the courtroom case is lost) and trys to shout loud enough to cover uo her enourmous blunders.  And some of the media dutifully fall for it.

 

I'd hate to be Marie Henein.

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6079_Smith_W wrote:

Maysie wrote:

Hey kropotkin, turns out I lost my mind and wanted to read the thread about JG on babble. Don't ask me why. I'm glad you, Smith, quiz and a few others are trying to fight back against opinions here that I can only describe as What The Fucking Hell Fuck. I don't need to read comments sections, I can just come here.

Likewise, sure glad you dropped in.

You know, I wouldn't even mind having this conversation with people I disagreed with if it was conducted with some honesty.

It is stuff like the comment just above this, and #210, and really a pattern of grabbing at any lie, smear, or manipulaiton to point this in any direction other than Jian Ghomeshi (or attackers generally beng able to do whatever they want) that is both insulting and surprising

Can't remember if I said it here; I know I did on facebook. But I think this line of attack is a direct result of these anti-women men's groups getting more organized and emboldened enough to crawl out from under their rocks and say outrageous shit in public that in the past they kept more private.

I certainly recognize all the talking points.

It isn't like there haven't been high-profile sexual assault cases before, and it isn't like Ghomeshi is all that well-liked, or that anyone is even arguing that he didn't do what he is accused of. But this whole line of dishonest burn-it-down nonsense, from portraying the victims as attackers, and liars, calling the trial baseless, to nonsense arguments like how far you can kick someone's balls into their throat before we consider it assault, is simply absurd.

There is no arguing with it except to call it the crap that it is.

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PaoLy7PHwk

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kropotkin1951 wrote:

Maysie wrote:

Hey kropotkin, turns out I lost my mind and wanted to read the thread about JG on babble. Don't ask me why. I'm glad you, Smith, quiz and a few others are trying to fight back against opinions here that I can only describe as What The Fucking Hell Fuck. I don't need to read comments sections, I can just come here.

Thanks for your kind words. Years ago on this board I had some of my patriarchal views tuned up by BigCityGirl and am a better man for it.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u31FO_4d9TY

 

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Mr. Magoo wrote:

I think that's probably correct.

But let's pretend that in some topsy-turvey world, the CBC was compelled somehow to put him back at the helm of Q.

They could quite legitimately come to him two weeks later and say "sorry, we're replacing you because nobody's listening to your show now".  It's not like he's some factory worker whose job is to pack 1000 units per shift.  If listeners don't really want to listen to him any more then his employer would be well within their rights to turf him again.

You a good dude magoo.

 

I've come to respect your importance. 

 

Anyone giving Ghomeshi a pass because of media:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JZom_gVfuw

Gustave

Misfit wrote:
Gustav's post #240 confirms how some will twist the stats to redefine that women who are sexually assaulted lie about it. It simply did not happen.

Are you suggesting that I twisted anything in post #240? If so, could you please explain what the twist is? Maybe I misinterpreted the article. I'll be happy to make any required correction. 

I though I explained why the 5,9% figure is a misrepresentation and I provided the proof of it. Is there something wrong in the demonstration?

I do NOT provide any estimation of false accusations. I dont say they are high or low. I say they are impossible to estimate.

By the way, I would say the exact same thing in regards with the proportion of sexual assaults reported to the police. The WMCA figures given in a previous post do not make sense at face value (but I can't check them because no link is provided). Intuitively, I'd would think that the more violent the assault the higher the probability of it being reported. 

"that women who are sexually assaulted lie about it". It would be ridiculous to say such a thing that means all women lie about it. The truth is that some do. And that the recent high profile cases of some women who did lie, did tremendous damage to true victims of rape. 

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Sineed wrote:

Maysie wrote:
I'm glad you, Smith, quiz and a few others are trying to fight back against opinions here that I can only describe as What The Fucking Hell Fuck.

Just dropping by to add my voice to the chorus of What The Fucking Hell Fuck :)

Why did Jian Ghomeshi Keep Luci DeCoutere's Letter?

http://canadalandshow.com/article/why-did-jian-ghomeshi-keep-lucy-decout...

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Jian Ghomeshi kept Lucy DeCoutere’s handwritten letter to him for 13 years. She was never his girlfriend. They never had sex. Given what we heard at trial last week, it's hard to imagine he was carrying a flame for her. So, why did he hold on to it for over a decade?

Ghomeshi kept files on women in case they would later accuse him of violence.

Jesse Brown goes on to describe the tale of a woman who was punched by JG, and what happened when she confronted him:

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That's when he reminded her in an aggressive tone that he had kept records: "i have text messages...you WANTED it..."

Three other women told me similar stories, supported by evidence, of manipulation and entrapment. Ghomeshi would establish an electronic paper trail before the alleged violence took place and would make efforts to continue a correspondence afterwards. It followed a pattern.

Ghomeshi encouraged women he was pursuing to engage in rough sex talk over text, Facebook message, or email. They told me that if they balked, he would assure them over the phone (verbally, no records) that it was just fantasy, and none of it would physically happen to them. He told them it was healthy to "experiment" and he taunted and challenged them, saying maybe they were "not ready" for a guy like him....

JG's obsessive sociopathy aside, there's also a matter of the behaviour of sexual assault survivors. Women who have been sexually attacked sometimes may be in denial, and continue to be friendly with their attackers. Add to this the power differential between the victims and the perpetrator, usually just a function of male privilege, but in this case also the fact that the attacker is rich and powerful, and it's not surprising you get a kind of Stockholm Syndrome.

The prosecution needs to get an expert witness on the psychology of sexual trauma and put them on the stand.


 

For real Sineed. Happy to see women speaking up. I should have thrown a few punches with the boys today. It's a tall glass of water.

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