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December 3, 1992 | Reuters
A former Roman Catholic bishop pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he raped two native Indian women and indecently assaulted two others. Hubert Patrick O'Connor, 64, resigned last year as bishop of Prince George in central British Columbia shortly after the charges were brought. He is the highest-ranking Catholic official ever to be charged with sex crimes in Canada.
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September 2, 1995 | CRAIG TURNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 31-year-old former accountant who videotaped his sexual assaults on teen-age girls was convicted Friday of two counts of first-degree murder and other charges, ending a sensational trial that has transfixed Canada. Paul Bernardo was immediately sentenced to two concurrent terms of life in prison. He will be eligible for parole in 25 years, but legal experts said Friday that it is unlikely he ever will be freed.
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September 2, 1995 | CRAIG TURNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 31-year-old former accountant who videotaped his sexual assaults on teen-age girls was convicted Friday of two counts of first-degree murder and other charges, ending a sensational trial that has transfixed Canada. Paul Bernardo was immediately sentenced to two concurrent terms of life in prison. He will be eligible for parole in 25 years, but legal experts said Friday that it is unlikely he ever will be freed.
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June 21, 1995 | Reuters
Star witness Karla Homolka told a packed courtroom Tuesday that her ex-husband, Paul Bernardo, could not have sexually assaulted her drugged 15-year-old sister without her help. For the second day in Canada's so-called trial of the century, Homolka testified against Bernardo, a former accountant charged with murder, manslaughter and sexual assault in cases involving four teen-age girls, including Homolka's sister, Tammy, who died after choking on her own vomit on Christmas Eve, 1990.
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September 28, 1989 | GARY DORSEY, The Hartford Courant
Hailey Otis loves Frederick Merrill. She describes the feeling as a compulsion that overtook her this summer after Merrill escaped from a Toronto jail. As his life was dramatically reconstructed for national television audiences, and as newspapers reported his escape, Otis came to believe that she and Merrill were soul mates: She, an unemployed Toronto free-lance artist; he, an alleged rapist. "I would watch the proceedings every night on television," she said. "I knew our destinies would meet."
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August 23, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that rape victims may be questioned in court about their sexual history in a decision women's groups predicted will prevent many from reporting assaults. The high court, by a vote of 7 to 2, struck down a "rape shield" law that protected victims from disclosing their sexual experiences, holding that the law obstructed the rights of the accused to a fair trial.
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June 21, 1995 | Reuters
Star witness Karla Homolka told a packed courtroom Tuesday that her ex-husband, Paul Bernardo, could not have sexually assaulted her drugged 15-year-old sister without her help. For the second day in Canada's so-called trial of the century, Homolka testified against Bernardo, a former accountant charged with murder, manslaughter and sexual assault in cases involving four teen-age girls, including Homolka's sister, Tammy, who died after choking on her own vomit on Christmas Eve, 1990.
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December 8, 1991 | MARY WILLIAMS WALSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At a time of heightened consciousness in Canada about violence toward women, the government is planning to revise this country's laws governing the conduct of rape trials. The Canadian Department of Justice says it will introduce a "rape-shield" bill in the House of Commons before it adjourns Dec. 13 for Christmas. Rape-shield laws aim to protect alleged rape victims from defense lawyers intent on discrediting their versions of assaults.
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December 3, 1992 | Reuters
A former Roman Catholic bishop pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he raped two native Indian women and indecently assaulted two others. Hubert Patrick O'Connor, 64, resigned last year as bishop of Prince George in central British Columbia shortly after the charges were brought. He is the highest-ranking Catholic official ever to be charged with sex crimes in Canada.
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December 8, 1991 | MARY WILLIAMS WALSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At a time of heightened consciousness in Canada about violence toward women, the government is planning to revise this country's laws governing the conduct of rape trials. The Canadian Department of Justice says it will introduce a "rape-shield" bill in the House of Commons before it adjourns Dec. 13 for Christmas. Rape-shield laws aim to protect alleged rape victims from defense lawyers intent on discrediting their versions of assaults.
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August 23, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that rape victims may be questioned in court about their sexual history in a decision women's groups predicted will prevent many from reporting assaults. The high court, by a vote of 7 to 2, struck down a "rape shield" law that protected victims from disclosing their sexual experiences, holding that the law obstructed the rights of the accused to a fair trial.
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September 28, 1989 | GARY DORSEY, The Hartford Courant
Hailey Otis loves Frederick Merrill. She describes the feeling as a compulsion that overtook her this summer after Merrill escaped from a Toronto jail. As his life was dramatically reconstructed for national television audiences, and as newspapers reported his escape, Otis came to believe that she and Merrill were soul mates: She, an unemployed Toronto free-lance artist; he, an alleged rapist. "I would watch the proceedings every night on television," she said. "I knew our destinies would meet."
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