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CanadaColeman set for cross-examination today after judge clears path for her evidence

18:50  03 july  2019
18:50  03 july  2019 Source:   msn.com

Mother of Alberta boy who died of meningitis breaks down testifying at trial

Mother of Alberta boy who died of meningitis breaks down testifying at trial LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — The mother of a toddler who died of bacterial meningitis broke down several times while she testified at her trial Tuesday that she is still haunted by her boy's death. Collet Stephan told court that she still counts Ezekiel, who was 19 months old when he died, among her current living children. "He's my son," she said tearfully. "My role as a stay-at-home mom is to care for my children. It's my purpose. It's why I was put on Earth." Collet Stephan and her husband, David, are charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life for Ezekiel, who died in March 2012. The Crown argues the Stephans should have sought medical treatment for the boy sooner.

In law, cross - examination is the interrogation of a witness called by one's opponent. It is preceded by direct examination (in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, South Africa, India and Pakistan known as examination-in-chief) and may be followed by a redirect

Cross examination defined and explained with examples. Cross - examination is one of the few times an attorney can pose leading questions to a witness. Trial – A formal presentation of evidence before a judge and jury for the purpose of determining guilt or innocence in a criminal case, or to

Coleman set for cross-examination today after judge clears path for her evidence © Provided by thecanadianpress.com Caitlan Coleman leaves court in Ottawa on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

OTTAWA — The sexual-assault trial of former Afghanistan hostage Joshua Boyle will proceed today after the judge decided evidence given earlier in the trial is still admissible.

Judge Peter Doody raised concerns Tuesday about the impact of two recent Supreme Court of Canada rulings on the use of evidence about an alleged victim's prior sexual activity.

The evidence he was worried about was given by Caitlan Coleman, Boyle's now-estranged wife, during direct testimony in March in the case against Boyle, who is charged with 19 offences including assault, sexual assault, and unlawful confinement.

The trial had already been delayed several weeks while the courts decided whether the defence could ask Coleman about other prior sexual activities.

After hearing arguments made by the Crown, the defence and Coleman's lawyer, Doody says he believes Coleman's evidence was properly admitted.

Coleman is to be cross-examined by Boyle's defence lawyer this morning.

The Canadian Press

David and Collet Stephan’s retrial resumes in Lethbridge.
Much of the defence testimony on Tuesday centred around missing records and a lack of symptoms showing meningitis.

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