Homophobic remarks on radio show by juror results in new trial

In a decision released yesterday, the Ontario Court of Appeal has overturned a conviction based on a juror’s conduct, which was ruled to have created a reasonable apprehension of bias.
Derek Welsman, jury foreman in R. v. Dowholis and producer of the since cancelled Dean Blundell show, appeared on the radio show and “made derogatory comments about sexual activity between men,” the decision reads.Mark Halfyard says he wouldn’t be surprised if the case goes further because ‘there’s such a disagreement between the majority and the dissent.’“It is unusual just because factually you don’t …
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