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SCC Decision: October 2, 2008

R. v. H.S.B., 2008 SCC 52
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(Criminal law / Reasons for judgment)
At trial, HSB was convicted of four offences relating to sexual abuse and threatening to kill the complainant.  After reasons for judgment were issued, HSB applied to re-open the trial and call fresh evidence.  After hearing the fresh evidence, the trial judge issued a second set of reasons confirming the earlier convictions.  The second set of reasons dealt primarily with the fresh evidence.  The Court held that the bifurcation of the trial judge's reasons into two separate, overlapping considerations was not fatal because the reasons, as a whole, were sufficient.
Majority/Dissent: 7/0

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