Originally posted by Sociopathic Autobot
That entire case is more than enough proof that the Canadian justice system is so soft it doesn't matter. I am not afraid to kill someone because I know they will dumb it down to man-slaughter and I'll be out of jail in 12 years.
Don't take this the wrong way man, but, how old were you when that whole thing was going on? I think you're 18, which would put you at 6. And that means you probably weren't paying all that much attention. (Though I do hope they are teaching the case in law class now). I was in grade 10 law when this was going on and we kept a pretty close eye on the case.
Yes, it seems that she got off easy (Damn right she did. The part that gets me is - because it was man-slaughter, she couldn't be made a dangerous offender). But the prosocution at the time had no choice.
Her lawyer hid the tapes they had made, and very much down-played her involvement in the killings. The Crown, at the time, made the deal with her so they could nail Bernardo (Who, amongst other things, was the Scarborough Rapist And is linked to more than 200 rapes in the United States). They gave her the 12 year deal to get that bastard. Unfortunatly - when the tapes came to light, the deal was already signed. And, they couldn't go back on the deal - not and keep their credibility. Unfortunatly, it was a horrible deal, esp when it was shown how much she participated in the crimes.
Do I think she should be locked up, for the rest of her life? Hell yes, but the Crown did what they had to do, at the time. Her Lawyer (who hid that evidence and KNEW what was going on) should be in jail as an accessory. It sucks - but.... Bah...