Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Should we celebrate the Weinstein verdict? It’s complicated writes U of T Law Professor Brenda Cossman, director of the Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at U of T. 

In an op-ed for the Globe and Mail, Cossman writes: 

"In a New York court, Judge James Burke cautioned the jury not to see the case as a referendum on #MeToo. He is absolutely right; the criminal trial was about the exacting standards of proof that had to be established by the prosecution to find the former Hollywood mogul criminally responsible.

But the trial has been described as a landmark, a watershed, a turning point in the #MeToo movement. The accusations against Mr. Weinstein started the #MeToo ball rolling. How do we not see the trial as a referendum on #MeToo?"

Read the full op-ed in the Globe and Mail