A recent Superior Court ruling setting aside a man’s sexual assault conviction reaffirms the need for judges to always adhere to the fundamental principles of the presumption of innocence and procedural fairness in trials, says Toronto criminal lawyer Ryan Handlarski.

Justice Michael Dambrot overturned the 2016 ruling by now-retired Ontario Court Justice Marvin Zuker, who found the man guilty of sexually assaulting a woman, and ignoring his claims the sex act was consensual. Following the appeal ruling, the complainant stated she would never encourage anyone to report a sexual assault to police.


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