We Got Experts To Answer 12 Key Questions About The Ghomeshi Trial
Why was there so much "surprise" evidence introduced by the defence?
The trial of Jian Ghomeshi is over, and Judge William Horkins will take until March 24 to reach verdicts for each of the five sexual assault charges faced by the disgraced former CBC host.
BuzzFeed Canada asked three experts to clear up some of the big questions left for the public as we await a verdict.
1. The Crown has been criticized for not knowing about “surprise” evidence showing each witness had contact with Ghomeshi after the alleged assaults. Whose job was it to get the witnesses to disclose everything about their interactions with Ghomeshi?
2. So then whose job was it to prepare the Crown’s witnesses for their testimony on the stand?
3. Do most witnesses have their own lawyer, as the three claimants in this trial did?
"Lawyers for witnesses is a pretty rare occurrence," Bellehumeur said.
So this was indeed unusual. And it also means there isn't a clear and established protocol for how the Crown and a witnesses' lawyer will interact, she said.
"It would just be a situation where the Crown would have as much contact as he or she felt was appropriate."