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Burden of proof rests with the Crown: Hicks

Toronto criminal lawyer Christopher Hicks emphasized before a jury trial in Goderich that the burden of proof rests with the Crown and there is no onus on the defence to prove anything, reports Blackburn News. Read Hamilton Spectator. London Free Press

Hicks, a partner with the Toronto-based firm Hicks Adams LLP, delivered the opening statement for the defence on Wednesday.

He represents a 73-year-old man from the Toronto area who is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a man and attempted murder in connection with the wounding of his wife at the Hullett Conservation Area near Clinton in September 2014, says the article. 

Hicks’ client has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

In his opening statement, Hicks pointed out to the jury that they could not make a decision beyond a reasonable doubt about either guilt or innocence without hearing all of the evidence, says the article. So far, they have only heard the Crown’s case against his client, it says.

Hicks did not give any indication what the defence might be, says the newspaper.

Now in its fifth week, the trial is expected to continue for another three to five weeks, the article says.

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