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Ottawa Lawyer for ex-hostage Joshua Boyle seeks to block midtrial appeal about evidence

A mid-trial appeal about sensitive evidence concerning sexual activity could endanger the timely completion of Joshua Boyle’s assault case, a lawyer for the former Afghanistan hostage told a judge Wednesday.


Legislative changes that took effect in December gave complainants in sexual-assault cases a bigger say in proceedings on allowable evidence.

Howard Krongold, representing the Criminal Lawyers’ Association as an intervenor, argued Wednesday that the new measures are limited to the trial level and do not open the door to the sort of challenge Coleman is making.

Krongold said the criminal justice system should not be permitted to grind to a halt when a party believes a trial judge has made a mistake. “A system that does that will not function.”

Read the full article: Globe and Mail

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