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WHITEHORSE,YUKON Assault case judge takes time to rule

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    Assault case judge takes time to rule http://north.cbc.ca/cgi-bin/templates/view.cgi?/news/2001/09/04/04jamestrial WHITEHORSE,YUKON - The former head of the
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 4, 2001
      Assault case judge takes time to rule
      http://north.cbc.ca/cgi-bin/templates/view.cgi?/news/2001/09/04/04jamestrial

      WHITEHORSE,YUKON - The former head of the Council of Yukon First Nations will have to wait nearly three weeks for a verdict.

      Albert James's sexual assault trial wrapped up Friday, but the judge says he has a lot to think about and he wants some time to do it.

      A woman testified at the trial that the former grand chief sexually assaulted her. She says she stayed with Albert James in his camper while attending a meeting 17 years ago. She says James simply wouldn't take no for an answer and she gave in to the much larger and persistent man.

      James denies the charge. He says the woman willingly slept with him.

      The problem is there are no witnesses who can corroborate either version of events.

      The crown lawyer said all the judge has to do is decide if the woman gave her consent or not. If not, she says the judge must convict.

      But the judge isn't ready to decide just what happened that day nearly 20 years ago.

      He says he'll announce his decision on the 21st of September.

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