Posts Tagged ‘Sentence’

Should convicted rapists automatically go to jail?

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

The answer seems obvious. Someone who is convicted of rape, should go to jail.

But should that happen in every case?

If a judge decides that jail is not an appropriate punishment in a particular case, should he or she have to give reasons to support that decision?

And if that judge picks the wrong words to support that decision, should he or she be removed from the bench?

It’s a topic that’s central to a firestorm of media activity in Canada and abroad that began with a judges controversial comments in the sentencing portion of a criminal trial.

Now protesters are calling for the judges removal from the court.

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