December 29th, 2017
Appeal from sexual assault conviction. Issue on appeal of whether numerous interventions by the trial judge resulted in an unfair trial or apprehension of bias. Trial judge’s interjections during testimony included taking “judicial notice of what is required to remove one’s pants” at a critical point in cross-examination of complainant regarding whether she had cooperated … Read More.
November 23rd, 2017
Appeal from sexual assault conviction. Allegation of bias. After trial had started, the accused sought an adjournment and fled after it was denied. In reasons for denying the adjournment and finding the appellant absconded, the judge referred to the application as “a sham designed to delay the administration of justice”, and suggested he absconded to … Read More.