Jian Ghomeshi’s life will never be the same. The countless legal bills incurred, the damage to his reputation, and at the end of the line the loss of quality of life and earnings can never be repaired.
Chiefly because there is no real accountability of Crown Attorney’s in Ontario. Cases have two factors, the police delivering the charges and the Crown prosecuting them.
In spirit a Crown should only be prosecuting a case that has clear merits and evidence. Clearly in the Ghomeshi case the evidence was weak and the witnesses weaker.
That’s not a free pass or judgement of what occurred between consenting adults. It doesn’t condone anything that happened between Mr. Ghomeshi and those that made allegations against him, but clearly this trial showed that abuse by crowns, maybe to gain headlines, or count coup against a celebrity, should not be taken for granted.
Locally I have endured the arrows of Crowns. I was charged with making threatening phone calls and after Bell provided a production order showing that I made no calls, threatening or otherwise, not one, but two crowns kept me under conditions for nearly a year after including my run for mayor here in Cornwall.
I have tried for over a year to retain a lawyer to go after the local police and crown only to be rebuffed time and again. (if any lawyers in Ontario are reading this firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to take this case) Again and again I’ve been explained to about the protection of crowns.
There is almost zero accountability in our system.
There is no push back for those that make false claims. In my case the person that made the clearly false claim has not been prosecuted by police.
Mr. Ghomeshi was fortunate to have the resources to ably defend himself. His own dismissal from the CBC may even have been politically motivated, but what about the thousands of people in Ontario who could not afford the stalwart defense handled by his high priced and powered attorney Marie Henein ?
Can those without resources get a remotely fair shake in a justice system here in Ontario that rarely relies on Justice for results?
The Sunshine list just came out in Ontario. The Attorney General’s office in Toronto has nearly 1,800 names on it. That means there are nearly 1,800 people working at the AG who earn at least $100,000 per year. That doesn’t count those that may earn less.
Clearly we need justice reform in Ontario. We need to try and depoliticize the process, but mostly we need a justice system that treats all of those that seek justice be treated fairly.
Mostly we need to hold Crowns, and Justices just as accountable as we would those that they deliver justice to.
What do you think dear CFN viewers? You can post your comments below.