No Right to a Discriminatory Defence

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Media Mention

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Toronto Star


Last week’s media storm over the Jian Ghomeshi trial may have left the impression that women’s equality advocates are unconcerned about fair trials for accused. Quite the opposite. We too believe in due process, the presumption of innocence and the right of full answer and defence. We especially worry about the overrepresentation of women and men from marginalized communities in the criminal system. We agree that their vulnerability to the power of the state requires rigorous defence.