Feb 26 2010
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