After two weeks of testimony at BC Supreme Court, former Vancouver Olympic boss John Furlong’s defamation trial is over.
Laura Robinson’s 2012 article first published in the Georgia Straight newspaper alleged Furlong physically and emotionally abused First Nations school children, when he was a teacher in Burns Lake 40 years ago.
She argues Furlong defamed her after that story was published.
Speaking outside of the courthouse, Robinson’s lawyer Bryan Baynham says his client wanted her day in court.
“I think it’s been a strong case right from the start. She did her job as a journalist, she did a very good job as a journalist, and she was attacked unfairly, I think.”
For his part, Furlong wouldn’t speak about the case but thanked his children and grandchildren for their support.
“I want to thank them for their…for sticking together, and being here, and being so supportive, and being a part of a terrific family.”
Furlong also thanked his partner, Renee Smith-Valade, the former VANOC spokeperson who took the stand as one of his witnesses.
As well as his late wife, Deborah.