Friday, July 13, 2012

Sentencing guidelines

Well, I like the idea of sentencing guidelines... (But possession of marijuana should not be criminalised):

"James Morton, writing in the National Post, 2012/07/13/james-morton-crime-and-sensible-punishment-for-firearms-trafficking that a three-year mandatory minimum sentence for firearms trafficking would strike most Canadians as perfectly reasonable, and therefore that a judge was incorrect to refuse to hand down that sentence on grounds of "cruel and unusual punishment." That may well be true. But wouldn't it be easier just to support mandatory minimum sentences as a general rule, or to oppose them as a general rule? Why trust a judge to get it right on a drug possession charge but not a gun-related crime?"

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