Tuesday, October 17, 2006

due process

Tuesday, October 17, 2006
so ... it appears that harper wants to follow in the footsteps of his southern mentor, dubya, and make due process contingent upon some static statute. what do we think? do we think this will make a difference? i, for one, doubt it. all the experts appear to see this newest move by the tories for what it is: pandering to their right-wing voter base.

consider that, under the current law, prosecutors that move to declare an individual a dangerous offender typically meet no resistence. also consider that, enactment of this statute, does not neccessarily mean any province will actually use - and that our prison system simply cannot accomodate the increase in prisoner populace such an act implies, if indeed provinces did appeal to this statute.

scary. when lawmakers wanna fuck with due process ... what's the point of the bill of rights, then? and the court system? do lawmakers now impose sentences upon criminals, as opposed to judges, via trial? what does that say about the direction for which our legal systems appears destined?

you decide!