Group gathers to turn online anger over cabbie's acquittal into letters

A small group of people spent Sunday trying to harness the social media outcry over the acquittal of a Halifax taxi driver who was charged with sexually assaulting a woman in his cab.

They gathered at a library yesterday to write letters demanding a judicial council review of Judge Gregory Lenehan.

Lenehan ruled last Wednesday 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.

One of the group's organizers, Elise MacIntyre, says she was so moved by the graphic details of the case and by Lenehan's blunt remark during his ruling that a ``drunk can consent'' that she decided to hold the event.

A spokeswoman for the province's judiciary confirmed Friday that a complaint has been received.

Another member of the group is collecting handwritten signatures for a petition to be presented to Nova Scotia's justice minister to support an online campaign with more than 33-thousand supporters.

Other events are planned this week to protest Lenehan's ruling, including marches on Tuesday and Wednesday.