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Ontario case could set special rules for sentencing black offenders, similar to Gladue for Indigenous people – Fairview Post

by ahnationtalk on June 20, 201982 Views

‘When it comes to black people, the sentencing seems to be consistently void of any consideration of that additional source of disadvantage that they face’

June 20, 2019

What was set to be a simple appeal of a sentence for possession of a loaded handgun has burgeoned into a major push for judges to acutely focus on systemic racism against visible minorities when passing sentence, similar to special rules in place for Aboriginal offenders.

Eleven prominent human rights, legal and ethnic organizations have been granted special status in the government’s appeal of a “lenient” sentence of a black man in Toronto last year.

“As a general rule, interventions in criminal proceedings should be granted sparingly,” Ontario’s Chief Justice George Strathy wrote in a brief ruling on interveners released Tuesday.

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