Supreme Court rules against Conservatives' 'tough-on-crime' sentencing measures

The Supreme Court of Canada has restored the amount of pre-trial credit that offenders can receive for time spent in custody before they are sentenced

The Supreme Court of Canada has restored the amount of pre-trial credit that offenders can receive for time spent in custody before they are sentenced.

The unanimous 7-0 ruling is the latest in a series by the high court that rolls back part of the Conservative government's tough-on-crime agenda.

The Conservatives have implemented tougher pre-trial custody and sentencing provisions for repeat and violent youth offenders by removing the long-held provision of giving an offender credit for double the time served in pre-trail custody.

The Tories removed the provision, but allowed for a credit of 1.5 times in exceptional circumstances.

The Supreme Court has ruled that pre-trial custody constitutes an exceptional circumstance that warrants the 1.5 credit.

The court ruling involved three separate criminal cases, including one involving a young man convicted of manslaughter in the shaking death of his infant daughter, who was given the 1.5 credit.

The ruling comes one day after the Supreme Court of Canada agreed to hear two more cases on whether the government's changes to mandatory minimum sentences for unlawful gun possession are constitutional.

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  1. john posted on 04/11/2014 10:59 AM
    time to vote for our judges . time to get rid of the bleeding hart liberals ass kissing scum sucking judges . the justice system needs a complete overhaul . we need to bring back the death penalty . we need to get rid of the young affender act . we need to go med evil on there asses . i wanna see teens who dont go by the law get there useless ass into boot camp . or force the judges who made this ruling to live with the teens that dont obey the law . then thay would think twice . i wanna see real justice . this is just ass kicking for votes . time to crack down on our useless justice system .
    1. John2 posted on 04/11/2014 11:34 AM
      @john Good analysis John, keep up the good work. You really make the case of why we need judges rather than leaving law in the hands of people like yourself.
    2. john's mom posted on 04/11/2014 11:35 AM
      @john time to take your meds, john .
      your telkin goofy agen63366n .
  2. john posted on 04/11/2014 11:41 AM
    ptt u guys dont get it . but thats okey when some teen comes to our house rapes our wife and kids and kills them when u are at work . u will just give them a pat on the back and say good boy . that why u ran away form u mom cause have the commonsense to leave cause of our abuse .

    ps. 2 can play it this game asshole .
  3. Al Bundy posted on 04/11/2014 02:33 PM
    Isn't it any wonder why this county is so Fupped, with judges like these?? They should be forced to have the offenders spend the time with them, instead of being in custody. Then when they are sentenced, there was no time spent in jail, before sentencing, so full time in jail where they belong.

    Bunch of crap if y0u ask me!!
    1. Mark7 posted on 04/11/2014 03:00 PM
      @Al Bundy Sucks when the rule of law, the Constitution, and the Bil of Rights stands in the way of a good stoning. We need the Fords on the Supreme Court to bring back the penalties of Olde England, especially the gory ones.

      A few public beheadings, having them drawn and quartered, hung in irons...stuff that would make them scream for hours. A good impaling would work wonders as a deterrents, maybe we could have a theme park where we could sell tickets, like Highgate in London. Worked back in the home country, sounds like we want them back again.

      Elect Rob Ford as Prime Minister...FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS FORD MORE YEARS
    2. Jim posted on 04/11/2014 03:10 PM
      @Mark7 Mark are you always such an asshole? Only in Canada would serving a month count as 2 months on a criminal sentence. The easy way around this is for the Prime Minister to invoke the "Not withstanding" clause in the Charter and tell the Supreme Court to go to Hell.

      We need to get away from this system where the criminal has more rights than either the victim or the community at large. I think the time has come to look are regular reviews of judges and their rulings instead of the current judge for life rule.
    3. Mark7 posted on 04/11/2014 04:26 PM
      @Jim Good idea, then we can get rid of the ones we don't like. When a new party gets elected, we'll get rid of those judges and get us some new ones.

      You know, some people actually agree with the rulings when they're base on law and the Charter. May I suggest you move down south if you have a problem with being Canadian.
  4. Walter posted on 04/11/2014 04:20 PM
    It is strange that Liberals and NDP think the biggest threat to democracy is not letting people vote without identification.
    How about judges not implementing the will of the people. To me, that is the definition of democracy - implementing the will of the people.
  5. Brief and to the Point posted on 04/12/2014 06:21 AM
    A unanimous decision shows the absurdity of Harper's idea in the first place.
    Wait for the cases involving the "Fair Elections Act". Most of it, too, will be thrown out.
    1. john posted on 04/12/2014 01:54 PM
      @Brief and to the Point hmm sounds like u liberal supporters are afraid that u will not be able to vote . don't worrie u will .
  6. tanjo posted on 04/12/2014 08:16 AM
    The real issue here, is why does it take so long to get trials to court? If they could clean that up, then pre-trial custody would be a non-issue.
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