Did the trial judge make an error in law when answering a question posed by the jury while deliberating the fate of Philip Grandine? That’s the question at the centre of the court of appeal hearing now being heard at Osgoode Hall.
Grandine, a 30-year-old former pastor, was convicted of manslaughter in his pregnant wife’s death in 2014. He has been out on bail since launching an appeal in 2015. Grandine’s lawyers argue the trial judge’s answer affected the jury’s verdict and that the 15-year sentence handed down by Justice Robert Clark was unduly harsh.