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December 2015 Archives

The local situation: Considering the frequency of an offence in sentencing

The Supreme Court released its decision in R v. Lacasse today, which deals with a case of impaired driving causing death. The decision is a sentence appeal and looks at whether or not the sentence of six and a half years jail was appropriate. One of the interesting parts of this appeal is the question of whether or not the judge should have considered the 'local situation' of impaired driving in that region when crafting his sentence. 

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