Can the Ghomeshi trial lead to change?
Thursday’s verdict of not guilty on all charges in the the trial of Jian Ghomeshi was no surprise to anyone. But in reaching acquittal, Justice William Horkins waded further into the controversies outside the courtroom than strictly necessary for his legal finding.
Factually, there are no more false allegations for this crime than any other. Factually, the crime of sexual assault, despite much vaunted procedural protections, has a conviction rate so abysmally low that it reaches the threshold of impunity.