May 10, 2016
By Jane Brown
It appears Jian Ghomeshi will not face a second trial on sexual assault allegations.
The trial is scheduled for five days in June, but the case is instead back in court tomorrow, when an agreed arrangement is expected to be presented.
One scenario is that the fired CBC radio host will acknowledge some type of improper conduct and make an apology.
But it is being widely reported that Ghomeshi will sign a peace bond to avoid a second trial that was set to begin June 6th.
“It’s a tool used everyday in my business,” Toronto defence lawyer Ari Goldkind explains, “Crown attorneys, judges, lawyers are very familiar with it. It’s when there’s been an assessment made that a case cannot be proven or should not be taken to trial. It’s a way for the crown in a way to save face to put a case to bed.”
Ghomeshi was acquitted in March of four charges of sexual assault and one of choking to overcome resistance made by 3 complainants. The judge acquitted Ghomeshi, saying the Crown had not proved the case beyond a reasonable doubt.
The second trial involves allegations of sexual assault in the workplace in February of 2008.
Toronto criminal lawyer Joseph Neuberger will offer comments on these developments as the first guest on Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back With Libby Znaimer after the noon news.