What Are the Possible Outcomes of the Jian Ghomeshi Verdict?
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What Are the Possible Outcomes of the Jian Ghomeshi Verdict?

The disgraced broadcaster returns to court on March 24.

Old City Hall  Photo by David Chang Sang from the Torontoist Flickr Pool

Old City Hall. Photo by David Chang-Sang from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

Jian Ghomeshi heads back to the courthouse at Old City Hall Thursday, where Justice William Horkins will deliver the verdict in the highly publicized sexual assault trial. The former CBC host faces four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance, choking in connection to allegations made by three complainants, including actress Lucy Decoutere.

If convicted of sexual assault, Ghomeshi could face up to 18 months in jail for each charge.

A conviction of overcoming resistance, choking—an indictable offence—could potentially carry a life sentence.

Ghomeshi also faces an additional charge of sexual assault in a separate trial, set for June, addressing a workplace incident from 2008, when he hosted Q.

Ghomeshi, 48, pleaded not guilty to all charges.