Nearly six months after it began, the criminal fraud trial of Garth Drabinsky and Myron Gottlieb has ended with defence lawyers opting not to call any witnesses of their own. In a brief session earlier today, prosecutors wrapped up their case after submitting a short list of documents to be removed from the dozens of binders Madam Justice Mary Lou Benotto will be referring to as she decides the fates of the two Livent founders.
The documents had not been referred to by any of the fourteen witnesses who have testified in the trial. Last week, prosecutors and defence lawyers spent several hours removing other documents from the binders and submitting other documents that had been referenced during the trial.
After the prosecution closed its case, defence lawyers told the court they would not be calling any of their own witnesses. Your honour, we are prepared to move to final submissions without the calling of any further evidence in this trial, said Edward Greenspan, the defence lawyer acting on behalf of Drabinsky.
Both sides will now file written final submissions over the next month and return on December 15 thto make final oral arguments in the case. Arguments in the case are expected to be completed by December 19 th.
Benotto may be thankful there are no more witnesses to hear from in this trial. After all, before she makes her final decision she will have to review the thousands of documents that make up the prosecutions case; examine 237 different exhibits and read through 6,788 pages of trial transcripts.