Im in a bit of an odd situation. my friend, let's call him and another friend, let's call her Jenny, didn't know each

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Customer: im in a bit of an odd situation. my friend, let's call him Jack and another friend, let's call her Jenny, didn't know each other until I introduced them at a college party. they got along the first night and turned out to be friends really quick. and they've been regularly meeting each other for the next couple of weeks, which i had no idea of at the time. and even if i did know, i would have no problems. but the problem came soon after. Jack stole Jenny's phone, airpods and then raped and abused her at his place one night. then dropped her off at some gas station in the middle of the night. Jenny called me using the gas station phone and told me to pick her up as soon as possible and will tell me the story later. she didn't end up telling me the story on the way home, just quit. we come back to our dorm, went back to our separate rooms and Jenny then tries to commit suicide by swallowing 50 pills. Jack was then arrested the next day and Jenny was at the hospital. Jack got out on bail 6 days later and was to attend a court hearing next year. and i got subpoenaed to the court as a witness too. court hearing is sometime early 2022. the problem is Jack called me very recently and wants me to go to his lawyer's office soon to write an official statement. what statement, i don't even know. I've never been in any legal trouble before so I'm very confused. I've already been to the police as a witness and I've told them all that i know.
JA: Do you have any upcoming court dates on the rape charges?
Customer: march 2022
JA: In what state did this occur?
Customer: ontario
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Customer: no
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Thom, LLB (JD), Expert

Hi and thank you for using Just Answer.  My name is***** will be assisting you with your question.

Just a general disclaimer that this conversation is for informational purposes only. I am a licensed Canadian lawyer; however, you would need to retain a lawyer to take any legal action and/or preserve any of your legal rights. I may be away from my desk from time to time, but rest assured I will always return back as soon as possible.

Before we get started, and to be clear, you were contacted by Jack and not his lawyer?  Thanks.

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You are under no obligation to attend at Jack's lawyer's office and if you have been summoned by the Crown to give evidence at the trial against Jack, I would advise against it.  This is a peculiar tactic and one that sounds unsavoury.  If your evidence is in support of Jenny, I woulld ignore any further overtures from Jack and/or his lawyer.

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Thank you for giving me your time, Thom. I was indeed contacted by Jack and not his lawyer. I don't have to give evidence against anyone in the trial. As far as the police are concerned, I was just the mutual friend and I was the one who took her home right after. But Jack is being very problematic and persistent about me meeting his lawyer.
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If you were subpoenaed you are obliged to attend and give evidence and will be the witness of the party who subpoenaed you.  Your decision to meet with Jack's lawyer is voluntary.  I apologize for assuomng your allegiances were to Jenny and not conisdering your neutrality.

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It's no problem. Yes, I am neutral here since I have no clue what really happened at their place. So I don't understand why he wants me to write an official statement for his lawyer? I don't want to be choosing sides here and if I do go to meet Jack's lawyer, what are red flags I should be looking out for and what should I definitely not write?
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Thom, LLB (JD), Expert

Jack's lawyer is going to attempt to discredit Jenny.  He may go beyond the events of the night in question and ask about her generally.  He may ask about her use of recreational and other drugs, promiscuity etc.  I cannot control what you do, but I would avoid speaking with his lawyer and honour the subpoena.

I hope this helps.

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You are absolutely right on discrediting Jenny, that is the plan. My situation doesn’t allow me not to meet the lawyer. Jack is going to keep pestering me. But I will go there and only speak of the events that I know, and nothing outside of that. If he insists on knowing more, I will just say I have nothing further to add and I am going to respect the privacy of Jenny.
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Thank you very much Thom, I really appreciate it.
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Thom, LLB (JD), Expert

You're welcome.  Jenny's privacy and her credibility as a victim are in play.  You are aware and go into the meeting with that awareness which is critical.

Thank you for choosing Just Answer and if I can ever assist with this or any other matter, please return to the site and ask for me specifically.  Be well.

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