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Call on the Ontario Judicial Council to investigate Judge Letourneau for his sexist ruling

Judge Letourneau, the Ontario judge who postponed punishment for Chance Macdonald — a man charged with sexual assault and confinement of a 16-year-old girl — so that it wouldn’t interfere with his internship, should be investigated by the Ontario Judicial Council. [1]

The Ontario Judicial Council has the power to investigate Judge Letourneau and if they find him to be worthy of removal, recommend that he be removed. [2]

The only way to ensure they do that, is to call their complaint line.

 


Your call will only take a minute but it will make a huge difference. It's easy, just:

  1. Read the key messages below; and
  2. Enter your information to the right, and we’ll connect you directly to the office of the Ontario Judiciary Council. You might not get someone on the phone, but feel free to leave a voicemail. 


Here's some things you can say:

  • Allan Letourneau should be investigated for his lack of judgment in the case against Chance Macdonald, in which pled guilty to and was convicted of common assault. [1]
  • Judge Letourneau showed a complete lapse of judgment when he delayed handing down the punishment so that Macdonald could complete an internship for school.
  • Judge Letourneau, who went to the same university and played hockey like the defendant, showed undue sympathy for Macdonald, when he said he understood the “the mob mentality that can exist in that atmosphere” and trusted Macdonald “wouldn’t find himself in that situation again.” [1]
  • Judge Letourneau’s leniency on the defendant is unacceptable and represents a level of sexism that has no place in Canada’s courtrooms.
  • 1 out of 3 women in Canada experience sexual assault, but 90% of those assaults are never reported due to the stress and shame of navigating the criminal justice system. It's the Ontario Judiciary System's responsibility to make sure Ontario judges are not making this problem worse, by making bad decisions like Judge Letourneau's. [3]


More information about the case: 

  • In a statement read by the victim’s lawyer, the victim said she was held down, fondled and repeatedly pressured to perform sexual acts by Chance Macdonald at a “rookie party” for the hockey team at Queen’s University. Macdonald pled guilty to the lesser offence of common assault. The plea was a compromise, which Macdonald’s lawyer admitted, “didn’t feel quite right to both parties.” The victim says she accepted Macdonald’s plea, only because she feared she wouldn’t be believed in court and feared having to share intimate thoughts and feelings, only to be dismissed. [1]
 
  • Macdonald, the convicted, pled guilty to and was convicted of the lesser charge of common assault, meaning his sentence was watered down and he would only have to serve an 88-day sentence on weekends. The presiding judge, Allan Letourneau, delayed handing down the punishment so that MacDonald could complete an internship for school. [1]

 

  • Judge Letourneau, who went to the same university and played hockey like the defendant, appeared to sympathize with MacDonald, saying that he understood the “the mob mentality that can exist in that atmosphere” and trusted Macdonald “wouldn’t find himself in that situation again.” [1]
Sources:

[1] http://nationalpost.com/news/canada/sentencing-postponed-for-business-student-who-assaulted-girl-16-so-it-wouldnt-affect-his-internship

[2] 
http://www.ontariocourts.ca/ocj/ojc/

[3] http://nationalpost.com/news/canada/been-raped-never-reported-why-90-of-sex-assault-victims-stay-silent-rather-than-face-trial-by-ordeal

 

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