Professor Lise Gotell was quoted in the CBC News story No judicial misconduct in case of jailed sex assault victim, council finds on 23 February 2018.
The Alberta Judicial Council reviewed the case in which Alberta provincial court Judge Ray Bodnarek , who jailed a sexual assault victim during her rapist’s trial and forced her to testify in shackles, was cleared of any judicial misconduct.
Gotell said that while the Women’s Legal Education Action Fund and Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women support calls for reform made in a report by criminal defence lawyer Roberta Campbell, much more needs to be done to address the mistreatment of Indigenous women and men in Alberta’s justice system.
“Indigenous people are highly likely to be victims of violence and they are mistreated, and in fact treated as criminals when they are complainants and victims seeking redress from the criminal justice system,” said Gotell. “And that is certainly what happened with Angela Cardinal.”