Last week, Judge Gregory Lenehan found Bassam Al-Rawi not guilty of sexual assault in Halifax. Al-Rawi was caught by a police officer in his taxi cab with his pants unbuttoned while his passenger was passed out in the back seat and naked from the waist down. Judge Lenehan’s decision was founded on the complainant's inability to prove that she didn't provide consent to sexual activity. In his words, "clearly, a drunk can consent."
These Twitter users shared their disbelief.
Many had questions.
While others offered satirical advice.
This user offered a lesson in consent.
Another shared how backwards Judge Lenehan's ruling was.
This Twitter user called out Lenehan's decision as a disgrace to Canadian law.
Many demanded that Judge Lenehan be removed from the courts system.
And it was pointed out that this wasn't the first time Judge Lenehan has gotten negative attention from the public.
This twitter user urged the public to protest on March 7th.
Which gathered more than 300 people downtown Halifax.
The Crown has announced it will appeal Judge Lenehan's ruling. The future verdict for Al-Rawi remains to be seen.