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Your Ward News antisemitic and misogynist hatemongers lose conviction appeal

Last Updated Jun 14, 2021 at 11:05 am EDT

James Sears and LeRoy St. Germaine (right) leave court after being found guilty of promoting hate in Toronto on Jan. 24, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

An editor and publisher have lost their appeal of a conviction for promoting hatred against women and Jews.

A judge today refused to quash the convictions against Your Ward News editor James Sears and publisher LeRoy St. Germaine.

Superior Court Justice Peter Cavanagh says their appeal arguments simply don’t wash.

Among other things, Sears argued his trial lawyer failed to mount an effective defence.

He said the lawyer failed to call any witnesses, including a notorious antisemite, to raise questions about the Holocaust.

The judge says there’s no evidence the defence lawyer was incompetent.