Trudeau, Wilson-Raybould draw lawyers’ ire over remarks in wake of Stanley verdict

A criminal-lawyers group is accusing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould of undermining the jury system through their remarks and actions after a not-guilty verdict in the Gerald Stanley trial in Battleford, Sask., this month.

The Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers says in a letter to Mr. Trudeau and Ms. Wilson-Raybould that their comments, their meetings with the family of Colten Boushie and their subsequent focus on jury reform sent a clear message “that this jury got it wrong.” The comments in particular, made in tweets after the verdict, were “unprecedented, inappropriate and quite frankly dangerous,” the council said. It demanded that the Prime Minister and Justice Minister apologize to the jurors.