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Man who set judges at odds is jailed

Jill Mahoney
Globe and Mail
Saturday, October 21, 2000

Edmonton -- Steve Ewanchuk, the Edmonton man at the centre of a high-profile national showdown last year between two senior judges, was sentenced yesterday to one year in jail for sexually assaulting a young woman.

The cabinetmaker, now 52, made unwanted sexual advances in 1994 toward a 17-year-old.

Mr. Ewanchuk was charged with sexual assault and acquitted. The Crown took the matter to the Alberta Court of Appeal, where Mr. Justice John McClung dismissed the case, saying in part that the woman did not present herself to the accused in a "bonnet and crinolines." The case was appealed to the Supreme Court, which overturned the dismissal last year and found Mr. Ewanchuk guilty. A strongly written decision by Madam Justice Claire L'Heureux-Dubé set off a war of words.

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