Feb 26 2010

Can a Lawyer Please Explain Why the Toronto 18 Guy Went Free?

Published by at 10:41 pm under Canada,terrorism

Am I crazy, or did a convicted terrorist just walk free for no good reason?

Just a few days ago, we had this story about how criminals could no longer take advantage of a legal loophole to avoid hard-time behind bars:

Criminals convicted in Canada will no longer be able to receive double credit for time served before trial unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Justice Minister Rob Nicholson will announce in a news conference on Parliament Hill Tuesday afternoon he is enacting the legislation which eliminates the common practice of two-for-one credit for pre-trial custody…

“It’s going to go a long way to giving people confidence in the justice system,” said Manitoba Justice Minister Andrew Swan.

And today, a man who entered a plea of guilty of involvement in a terrorist plot goes free the same day as a result of the old rules about two-for-one credit:

James, 27, pleaded guilty in Superior Court to one count of participating in a terrorist group, an offence that carries a maximum 10-year jail term. He received seven years plus a day, but with time served taken into account on the customary two-for-one basis, he was to be freed from Maplehurst prison shortly after leaving court.

I’m not a lawyer. Can someone in the know please explain this to me? Seriously.

The Toronto 18 Terror Plot

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5 responses so far

5 Responses to “Can a Lawyer Please Explain Why the Toronto 18 Guy Went Free?”

  1. lawyersORliarson 02 Mar 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Means for every day you spend waiting for trial, you get 2 days. SO if your sentence carries a max of 10 years, it does not mean you will get the max but if your sentence is 7 years – and you’ve spent 3.5 years in custody waiting that sentence, based on the rule, you just did your 7 years. f*cking bullsh*t is what the politically correct term for this is. blame the conservatives for nixing the crime bills due to prorogation – they deserve zero credit for ending it now by trying to capitalize on these g. i. jihadi’s getting off. they were arrested almost four YEARS ago.

  2. Bull Calleron 02 Mar 2010 at 11:12 pm

    Jonathon. Ouch!

    Maybe you should stick to topics you know such as how Ezra Levant is so dreamy, or maybe how much you support propping up a corrupt and increasingly theocratic government that is sucking taxpayer dollars faster than your other conservative canard, the gun registry.

    Ug. Take up baking or something.

  3. jnarveyon 02 Mar 2010 at 11:47 pm

    A comment from a Canadian Cynic sock puppet? I’m touched.

  4. Wayneon 09 Mar 2010 at 11:00 am

    “A comment from a Canadian Cynic sock puppet?”

    Why CCs sock puppets don’t follow their next logical step and drink the Kool-Aid… I mean what they are waiting for.

    “Am I crazy, or did a convicted terrorist just walk free for no good reason?” No. That is how it appears.

    Great post.

  5. Patrick Rosson 09 Mar 2010 at 4:25 pm

    I wonder if anyone else finds it amusing that Robbie Day is apparently upset that his sock puppets are being written off as, well… sock puppets.

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