Alberta judge cleared of misconduct on decision to imprison, shackle Indigenous sexual assault victim during testimony

EDMONTON — An Alberta judge has been cleared of misconduct in the case of a sexual assault victim who was shackled in court and imprisoned during her testimony.

The Alberta Judicial Council says provincial court Judge Raymond Bodnarek acted on the advice of the Crown and tried to minimize hardship to the victim where possible.

The council says Bodnarek could have pushed lawyers on why the woman had to be shackled in court, but the fact he didn’t doesn’t amount to judicial misconduct.

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