News: Groups welcome Alberta court ruling in Gladue case, hope it leads to change

EDMONTON – Advocates are hoping an Alberta court ruling will help change the way courts deal with Indigenous women and sexual offences. The province’s Appeal Court has ordered a new trial for Bradley Barton, an Ontario trucker who was acquitted of first-degree murder in the death of Cindy Gladue. Gladue, 36, was a sex-trade worker whose body was found in a bathtub in an Edmonton motel room in 2011. The defence had argued Gladue consented to rough sex before she bled to death from a vaginal wound. The Appeal Court cited errors in the case, including how the trial judge charged the jury about Barton’s conduct, Gladue’s background and on the law of sexual assault relating to consent. Muriel Stanley Venne, with the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women,…

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