A judge has thrown out a series of fines against a former homeless man.
Gerry Williams had amassed over 430 tickets over the years in Toronto for charges including getting drunk in a subway station, jaywalking across University Ave., and carrying open booze on the street.
The tickets came to the massive total of $65,000. Williams never cared back in the days when he was drunk and homeless. Once he sobered up, he realized what a bind he was in.
However, the Ontario Court of Justice gave him a break. The judge agreed to wipe out the $65,000 in fines accumulated during his life on the street. Williams will instead serve two years’ probation and complete 156 hours of community service for the single conviction of soliciting in an aggressive manner.
Guest: Daniel Ciarabellini — third year law student at Osgoode Law School, and the student director at Fair Change law services.