Nova Scotia judge under fire for claiming ‘a drunk can consent’ in sex-assault case

Nova Scotia judge under fire for claiming ‘a drunk can consent’ in sex-assault case

A Nova Scotia judge is facing a firestorm of criticism after declaring “clearly, a drunk can consent” as he acquitted a Halifax taxi driver of sexually assaulting a female passenger who was so intoxicated that she urinated on herself and passed out in the back of his cab. Justice Gregory Lenehan told the court that while it was obvious the woman was drunk at the time of the incident, and that the accused was “not somebody I would want my daughter driving with,” the Crown had failed to provide any evidence that the complainant did not agree to sexual activity.

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