Brandin Crosier was not guilty of criminal negligence and dangerous driving when he struck skateboarder Adam Pouget on a foggy road in Amherstburg in November 2016, a judge ruled Monday.
There was stunned silence after Ontario Court Justice Sharman Bondy gave her decision. Then the sobs of Pouget’s family and friends filled the Windsor courtroom.
The prosecution failed to prove Crosier’s attempt to pass a vehicle on County Road 18 in the fog on the morning of Nov. 17, 2016, made him guilty of either criminal charge, Bondy said. When Crosier moved over to pass, his 2011 Ford Focus struck Pouget, who was skateboarding in the opposite direction.
TORONTO – The fate of two London correctional staffers charged in the death of an inmate rests in the hands of three judges now weighing complex legal arguments in the midst of a shifting Canadian justice landscape.
The faith in the justice system of a mother who lost her son is in their hands, too.
A complaint has been filed against a judge and a Windsor, Ont. Crown attorney for an “inappropriate social outing” that took place during an ongoing criminal trial they were both working on.
The aunts and primary caregivers of the accused in the case — Andrew Cowan — submitted the complaint, claiming Crown attorney Thomas Meehan and Ontario Superior Court Justice Kelly Gorman met for drinks the evening after the jury had rendered its guilty verdict. Cowan was convicted of second-degree murder. Continue reading “Complaint filed against judge and Crown”
A murder trial in Windsor, made even more unusual by revelations of a late-night rendezvous between the judge and prosecutor, is headed to the Ontario Court of Appeal.
Superior Court Justice Kelly Gorman Monday dismissed an application for a mistrial in the case of Andrew Cowan, convicted by a jury in August of second-degree murder. Gorman, the judge who heard Cowan’s case and who is now being accused of impropriety for fraternizing with the assistant Crown attorney who prosecuted Cowan’s case, ruled she does not have the jurisdiction to declare a mistrial after a jury has returned a verdict.
A woman accused of stealing donated items, then running down a man in a Goodwill parking lot in Windsor last year, was found not guilty Wednesday.
Heather L. Michano, 29, had been charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, failing to stop at the scene of an accident, assault with a weapon and theft for the Sept. 25, 2016, incident at Goodwill Industries on McDougall Avenue. Police arrested her after surveillance cameras captured video of a woman in a Toyota Corolla drive into the parking lot, rummage through items strewn on the pavement near a donation bin, then drive away striking a man on a bicycle. Continue reading “Woman acquitted in Goodwill hit-and-run of cyclist”
WINDSOR, ON. AUGUST 1, 2017. — Andrew Cowan, 47, leaves the Superior Court of Justice in Windsor, ON. on Tuesday, August 1, 2017. He pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in connection with an incident that took place in October, 2012. (DAN JANISSE The Windsor Star) (For story by Dave Battagello)
After a night of drinking and gambling at Caesar’s Windsor casino in October 2012, Andrew Cowan drove his friend’s Ford F-150 at speeds of up to 150 km/hr and sent the pick-up flying through the air into the second storey of a Leamington, Ont., building.