23 Mar 2012 Judges must consider history when sentencing aboriginals: Supreme Court
ARPA Note: The next issue of our “Respectfully Submitted” policy report to Parliament will be about aboriginal affairs. Court decisions like this make it very difficult for legislators to promote true equality beneath the law.
Globe and Mail, March 23 2012: Sentencing judges who do not carefully consider lenient or creative sentences for aboriginal offenders are violating the law, the Supreme Court of Canada said in a major aboriginal law decision today. Releasing rulings in a pair of much-anticipated cases that go to the heart of separate treatment for aboriginal offenders, the court said that considering factors such as cultural oppression and a history of abuse in the residential school system must be central to the sentencing process. Keep reading
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