Legal Researchers Across Canada Delve Into Stanley Trial

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“The facts seemed so overwhelming, I actually didn’t think there was going to be much of a trial,” said Tanovich, who teaches law at the University of Windsor. “It seemed to me to be an open and shut case.”

But his interest was piqued when jury selection got underway. Under Canadian law, lawyers can use a certain number of peremptory challenges to excuse potential jurors without giving a reason why. Stanley’s lawyer used peremptory challenges on all visibly Indigenous potential jurors and the eventual seven-woman, six-man jury appeared to be all Caucasian.


Article is written by Andrea Hill with commentary by Prof. Signa Daum Shanks and mentioning of Project Fact(A).