http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070705.walbertajudge0705/BNStory/National/Alberta judge laments demise of the whip
Judge says Parliament should bring back corporal punishment as he sentences man who sexually assaulted girlfriend in front of their two-year-old son
I can understand the frustration of the judge, but has corporal punishment ever worked?
Also, it's odd to see so many decry that Taliban used this kind of punishment, yet will see this acceptable here.
Now we can juxtapose this case with one that unfolded this week in Quebec where a young soldier had his lawyer and the Canadian army lobby on his behalf so that he could serve in Afghanistan.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20070704.ASSAULT04/TPStory/FrontPrivate Boulet was found guilty this year in the rape of a friend's sister. While the Crown has asked for jail time, the soldier's lawyer has asked for an absolute discharge to enable Pte. Boulet to pursue his military career, arguing that he's more useful as a soldier than a prisoner.
"This man has a job. He's in the military to defend us," lawyer Richard Philippe Guay said in an interview. "Here we have a good soldier who can go to Afghanistan. He's an asset to society."
A Valcartier officer, Captain Adjutant Michel Arsenault, testified at his sentencing hearing in May that while his criminal conviction has jeopardized his future in the army, an absolute discharge would improve his chances of remaining in the Forces.
An absolute discharge results in no criminal record. A court can grant one if it considers it to be in the best interest of the accused and not contrary to the public interest.
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazet...l?id=a2df2051-039e-46c2-9657-802411649638&p=2Private Boulet is no 'asset to society' - he's a rapist, plain and simple
Canadian Forces should have no place for men convicted of sexual assault
Happily, Quebec Court Judge Carol St-Cyr didn't fall for this self-serving nonsense. Yesterday, he sentenced Boulet to 15 months of community service, 18 months' probation and a $1,500 fine. Boulet will now have a criminal record and will in all likelihood be ousted from the army.