Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ghomeshi's Lawyer Behind 'Peace Bond' Solution to Sex Assault Charge:source

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ghomeshi's Lawyer Behind 'Peace Bond' Solution to Sex Assault Charge:source

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Ghomeshi behind 'peace bond' solution:source

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TORONTO - An expected agreement that will see fired radio host Jian Ghomeshi apologize and sign a peace bond in exchange for the withdrawal of a sexual assault charge against him was instigated by his lawyer, a source familiar with the proceedings said Tuesday.

The offer, expected to be formalized at a court hearing on Wednesday, became contingent on his admitting to misconduct against the complainant, a former CBC employee, and an appropriately worded apology, the source told The Canadian Press.

The source insisted on anonymity given the sensitivity of the matter and the fact that it is still before the courts.

On Tuesday, the Ministry of the Attorney General announced the hearing would take place Wednesday in Ontario court of justice before Judge Timothy Lipson. Ghomeshi, 48, had been expected to stand trial next month on a single charge of sexual assault related to an incident alleged to have occurred at the CBC in 2008.

The ministry gave no reason for the change.

"All comments that the Crown makes on this matter will be made in open court, on the record," said ministry spokesman Brendan Crawley. "No further comment will be made in the interim."

Ghomeshi's lawyers did not respond to requests to discuss the case publicly and Susan Chapman, who speaks for the complainant, said she "was not at liberty" to talk about the agreement.

A peace bond or recognizance, most commonly used in cases of domestic assaults, is a Criminal Code provision that allows authorities to impose conditions on someone and in which they promise to be of good behaviour. Terms of a Ghomeshi peace bond were not immediately clear.

In March, the former host of the CBC radio show "Q" was acquitted of sexual assault and choking charges related to three complainants, who alleged the incidents occurred in 2002 and 2003. …

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