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Marlys Edwardh to defend Macbeth and Lady Macbeth

October 01, 2016

Marlys Edwardh will act as defence counsel in this year’s Shakespeare Mock Trial, The Macbeths’ Appeal.

She will argue that Macbeth is not criminally responsible for the murder of King Duncan because he was suffering from a brief psychotic disorder. Similarly, she will argue that Lady Macbeth is not criminally responsible for the murder because she was suffering from a shared psychotic disorder, also known as folie à deux. Alternatively, Marlys will argue that the Macbeths are not criminally responsible because they were bewitched.

In addition to submitting a psychiatric assessment of the Macbeths from Dr. Sigmund Freud, Marlys will rely on the expert testimony of former Ontario Premier Bob Rae who will discuss the effects of political ambition on the brain.

Performed only once at the end of the Stratford Festival season, the mock trial will pit Marlys against Prosecutor Don Bayne (who became particularly well known last year as Senator Mike Duffy’s defence lawyer). The trial will take place before the Supreme Court of Stratford – with Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin, and Justices Andromache Karakatsanis and Russell Brown forming the panel.

Unfortunately, tickets for the trial have sold out, but there is a link to a live-stream here.

When:   Saturday, October 1, 2016
Where:   Festival Theatre, Stratford  (aka The Supreme Court of Stratford)
Time:    10:00-11:30 a.m.


Marlys Edwardh, C.M.

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Criminal Law