Baillie calls for inquiry into Judge Lenehan's comments during cab driver acquittal

The leader of the Progressive Conservatives is calling on the province's Justice Minister to trigger an immediate inquiry into the conduct and approach of a judge over the acquittal of a Halifax taxi driver charged with sexually assaulting a woman in his cab.

Jamie Baillie says in a letter to Diana Whalen that the outcome of this case and its conduct are very much at odds with the public interest.

Judge Gregory Lenehan recently ruled that the Crown failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the woman did not consent to sexual activity with cab driver Bassam Al-Rawi, and made the blunt remark during his ruling that a "drunk can consent".

Baillie cites what he calls a similar situation in Alberta where that province's justice minister launched an inquiry after a judge presiding over a sexual assault case asked the victim why she "didn’t keep her legs together".

Baillie says more protests and petitions will occur the longer Whalen delays, but says the inquiry should happen because "it is the right thing to do".

He says Whalen has the power to act and asks she do so without delay.

(With files from The Canadian Press)