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A look at the case at the heart of the Judge Robin Camp controversy

CALGARY — An inquiry committee of the Canadian Judicial Council has recommended federal Justice Robin Camp lose his job for asking a sexual assault complainant in a 2014 trial why she couldn't keep her knees closed. The accused, Alexander Wagar, was acquitted by Camp, who was a provincial court judge at the time, but that decision was overturned. 

Here is a look at some of the information the court heard at Wagar's retrial in November: 

— Wagar and the complainant, who can't be named under a publication ban, were at a house party in Calgary on Dec. 14, 2011. The woman, who is now 24, told court she had been living in homeless shelters and had alcohol and drug addictions.

— She said  Wagar had been "flirty" and was making it clear he wanted to have sex with her. "He was telling me I was skinny and pretty and had a nice body," she testified.  

— Later, when she was in the bathroom, Wagar came in, locked the door and ripped her clothes off, she said. "He was starting to hurt me. I told him to stop," she testified. "I was scared. I was very drunk."

— The sexual assault lasted 15 to 20 minutes, she said.

— Wagar testified that the sex was consensual. He said the two had been smoking pot in the bathroom before it happened and he decided to "go for it."

— "She didn't shy away from me in any shape or form," he said. "She said she liked me."

— Wagar testified that he would have stopped if the woman said no, but he acknowledged under cross-examination that the complainant "never said 'yes' directly."

— Judge Jerry LeGrandeur said he will deliver a verdict Jan. 31.


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