OTTAWA — Ontario Court Judge Charles Vaillancourt has to answer the tough legal questions here at the trial of Mike Duffy: Did the suspended P.E.I. senator commit fraud, breach of trust and bribery? Is he innocent or guilty? Do the loose-y-goose-y rules, accounting practices and administrative deference that was in the air at the Red Chamber get him off the hook or not?
OTTAWA — The trial of three teenaged girls accused of running a prostitution ring in Ottawa is getting a look at what police seized while searching a bedroom belonging to one of the girls.
Ottawa police Det. Carolyn Botting is showing court the evidence, which includes cellphones, hair straighteners, headphones and a business card for an underground taxi service.
She says police also recovered clothes mentioned by alleged victims in the case, such as a leopard print bustier some reported they were forced to wear.
MONTREAL — Quebec’s corruption inquiry is being accused of ruining the reputation of a former municipal party fundraiser and his chances of finding an impartial jury.
The lawyer for a man famously dubbed “Mr. 3%” at Quebec’s corruption inquiry says the commission is playing fast-and-loose with his client’s reputation.
Daniel Rock, the lawyer for Union Montreal fundraiser Bernard Trepanier, says his client will have trouble finding an impartial jury to hear his criminal case.
OTTAWA — If ever you wondered how it is that the wheels of justice not just grind so slowly in Canada but barely seem to be turning at all, exhibit A comes fresh from the criminal trial of the suspended P.E.I. senator Mike Duffy.
This trial was originally scheduled for eight weeks, in two bunches (one in April-May, the second in June) separated by a break.
It is now going to take twice that long — another eight weeks.
OTTAWA — Three Ottawa-area teenage girls befriended other teens on the Internet and then forced them to work as “escorts,” a court was told Monday.
The three accused teens recruited or attempted to recruit teenage girls from Ottawa through Facebook or other social media, Crown prosecutor Julien Lalonde told youth court on the opening day of what is expected to be a month-long trial.
In her hospital bed recovering from a hysterectomy, one of the first things a 40-year-old patient told her husband was that an anesthesiologist had forced her to perform oral sex, a Superior Court judge heard Wednesday.
Testifying at the sexual assault trial of Toronto anesthesiologist George Doodnaught, the victim’s husband recalled details of their conversation in February 2010, just hours after his wife’s surgery.