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Supreme Court mentally challenged witness verdict

2012-02-16

Queen’s University law professor Lisa Dufraimont is available to talk about today’s Supreme Court of Canada decision which orders a new trial in a sexual assault case involving a mentally disabled witness, given her the right to testify in court.

Professor Dufraimont teaches criminal law and can talk about legal mental health issues.

“I strongly I agree with the decision. This is a real victory for people in Canada with intellectual disabilities because it will open the courts to them in the sense it allows for wider admission of their testimony,” says Professor Dufraimont.

Please note Professor Dufraimont will be in a meeting between 2:30 and 4:30 on Friday, Feb. 10. She is available for phone interviews only.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officer Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.ca Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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