Sunday, July 21, 2013

Pleading not guilty, by itself, does not suggest an accused is a danger

R. v. Hasan, 2013 ONCA 487 makes the important point that a claim of innocence prior to a finding of guilt is neither an aggravating factor for sentence nor proof the accused is a danger:
"The fact that he pleaded not guilty and maintained his innocence was not and does not show that he was dangerous."

1 comment:

Ernest Julius Guiste said...

Why on earth would it ? Only in the southern U.S. states and with A.C. defendants does that sort of logic carry any weight !