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Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MAP) - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 10:37
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CN BC: Column: Getting Blunt On The Legalization Of Weed

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MAP) - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 07:00
Penticton Western, 22 Apr 2016 - It's not easy being green, man. However, thanks to a cheekily-timed announcement by Health Minister Jane Philpott on April 20, the international cannabis-infused counterculture holiday and coincidentally Hitler's birthday, it may be getting a bit easier.
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US MD: OPED: A Time Of Renewal

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MAP) - Sun, 04/24/2016 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 24 Apr 2016 - History will remember April 2015 as a time of rebirth for Baltimore and for our nation It has been nearly one year since I spoke at Freddie Gray's funeral - and since our city found itself in the throes of unrest. During the past year, I have had the opportunity to work with many people who are dedicated to securing a better future for our city and our nation. Yet, at this one-year mark, we are still seeking the answers to the question that I asked when facing the cameras in the pews at New Shiloh Baptist Church. Freddie Gray, who died from injuries sustained in the back of a Baltimore police van, is shown here in an undated family picture. We all know his name in death, but did we truly see him when he was alive?
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CN ON: Column: Blow To Mandatory Minimums

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MAP) - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 17 Apr 2016 - By striking down mandatory minimum sentences for repeat drug trafficking offences Friday, the Supreme Court of Canada sent Parliament a clear message: Mandatory minimums that apply universally to all offenders, regardless of the circumstances, will not survive constitutional scrutiny. The specific sentencing provision at issue in Joseph Ryan Lloyd's appeal was a section of Canada's Controlled Drugs and Substances Act that mandated a one-year minimum jail sentence for drug trafficking offences where the offender had been convicted of another trafficking offence within the previous 10 years.
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CN ON: Column: The Rulings Have Righted Historical Wrongs

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MAP) - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 07:00
Hamilton Spectator, 19 Apr 2016 - Court Trashes Harper Laws In decisions released last week, Canada's Supreme Court has accomplished two things. First, it has cocked a snook - again - at the law-and-order agenda of Stephen Harper's previous Conservative government.
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Canada: Tory Mandatory Minimums Killed

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MAP) - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 16 Apr 2016 - Supreme Court strikes down previous government's laws OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada has struck down two federal laws from the previous Conservative government's tough-on-crime agenda, ruling both to be unconstitutional.
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Canada: Supreme Court Rules Against Tough-On-Crime Legislation

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MAP) - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 16 Apr 2016 - OTTAWA- The Supreme Court of Canada has struck down two federal laws from the previous Conservative government's tough-on-crime agenda, ruling both to be unconstitutional. The decisions mean an end to rules for minimum sentences for specific drug crime convictions and limits on credit for pretrial detention in certain conditions where bail is denied, giving trial judges more leeway in how they deal with offenders.
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CN ON: Column: Supreme Court Trashes Tough-on-crime Laws

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MAP) - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 07:00
The Record, 19 Apr 2016 - In decisions released last week, Canada's Supreme Court has accomplished two things. First, it has cocked a snook - again - at the law-and-order agenda of Stephen Harper's previous Conservative government.
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Canada: Court Strikes Down Two Laws

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MAP) - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 07:00
The Sun Times, 16 Apr 2016 - Supreme Court rules two tough-on-crime laws unconstitutional OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada has struck down two federal laws from the previous Conservative government's tough-on-crime agenda, ruling both to be unconstitutional.
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CN ON: Editorial: Scrap These Laws

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MAP) - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 18 Apr 2016 - Supreme Court Tears Down Another Harper-Era Crime Law Bit by bit, the Harper government's punitive and discriminatory "tough on crime" agenda is being dismantled. And not a moment too soon. The Supreme Court of Canada tore another brick out of the wall on Friday when it struck down two Harper-era laws. One was a mandatory minimum sentence of one year in prison for repeat drug offenders. The other prevented a person with a previous conviction from getting extra credit for time served in custody before trial.
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Canada: Editorial: No Longer Mandatory

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MAP) - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 18 Apr 2016 - Two criminal-law decisions from the Supreme Court of Canada last week mark the end of a war between the judiciary and the federal government. The judiciary, not surprisingly, won. Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin has helped restore a balance in "credit" for accused people who are held in jail awaiting trial. The Conservative government, with one of its characteristically rhetorical names for laws, the Truth in Sentencing Act, set stringent limits on how much credit an accused person could earn for jail time before conviction. It seemed to be based on the idea of the more imprisonment, the better.
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CN ON: Column: Historic, Banner Week For Supreme Court

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MAP) - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 17 Apr 2016 - In decisions released last week, Canada's Supreme Court has accomplished two things. First, it has cocked a snook - again - at the law-and-order agenda of Stephen Harper's previous Conservative government.
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CN AB: Column: Court Ruling Just Plain Wrong

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MAP) - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 07:00
Edmonton Sun, 17 Apr 2016 - Striking Down Canada's Mandatory Minimum Drug Sentence Was Not Necessary The Supreme Court got it wrong. Not spectacularly wrong. After all, this is no longer the court of former Chief Justice Antonio Lamer. During Lamer's tenure (1990 to 2000), the court frequently made up new laws and new rights out of thin air.
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CN AB: Column: Supreme Court Gets It Wrong On Mandatory

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MAP) - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 07:00
The Calgary Sun, 17 Apr 2016 - The Supreme Court got it wrong. Not spectacularly wrong. After all, this is no longer the court of former Chief Justice Antonio Lamer. During Lamer's tenure (1990 to 2000), the court frequently made up new laws and new rights out of thin air.
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CN AB: Editorial: Supreme Court Has No Agenda, So Charter

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MAP) - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 07:00
Medicine Hat News, 16 Apr 2016 - On the eve of the 34th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Supreme Court of Canada has made two significant decisions regarding the constitutionality of legislation passed by the federal Conservatives. On Friday, the country's top court ruled that mandatory minimum sentencing for repeat offenders in drug offences and the denial of enhanced pretrial custodial credit for accused denied bail were unconstitutional.
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Canada: End May Be Near for Tories' Tough-On-Crime Sentences

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MAP) - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 16 Apr 2016 - The Supreme Court of Canada has sounded a death knell for mandatory minimum jail sentences passed by the former Conservative government, indirectly sending a message to the Liberal government to get on with the job of undoing Harper-era laws that put judges in a sentencing straitjacket. In two separate rulings that stress the importance of judges' discretion, the court struck at the heart of former prime minister Stephen Harper's crime agenda.
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Canada: Court Strikes Down Two Laws

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MAP) - Sun, 04/17/2016 - 07:00
The Tribune, 16 Apr 2016 - Supreme Court Rules Two Tough-On-Crime Laws Unconstitutional OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada has struck down two federal laws from the previous Conservative government's tough-on-crime agenda, ruling both to be unconstitutional.
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Canada: Court Strikes Down Two Laws

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MAP) - Sun, 04/17/2016 - 07:00
Packet & Times, 16 Apr 2016 - Supreme Court Rules Two Tough-On-Crime Laws Unconstitutional OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada has struck down two federal laws from the previous Conservative government's tough-on-crime agenda, ruling both to be unconstitutional.
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Canada: Mandatory Minimums Killed

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MAP) - Sun, 04/17/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 16 Apr 2016 - Supreme Court Strikes Down Previous Tory Government Laws OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada has struck down two federal laws from the previous Conservative government's tough-on-crime agenda, ruling both to be unconstitutional.
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US NY: Editorial: Outrageous Sentences For Marijuana

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (MAP) - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 07:00
New York Times, 14 Apr 2016 - Lee Carroll Brooker, a 75-year-old disabled veteran suffering from chronic pain, was arrested in July 2011 for growing three dozen marijuana plants for his own medicinal use behind his son's house in Dothan, Ala., where he lived. For this crime, Mr. Brooker was given a life sentence with no possibility of release. Alabama law mandates that anyone with certain prior felony convictions be sentenced to life without parole for possessing more than 1 kilogram, or 2.2 pounds, of marijuana, regardless of intent to sell. Mr. Brooker had been convicted of armed robberies in Florida two decades earlier, for which he served 10 years. The marijuana plants collected at his son's house - including unusable parts like vines and stalks - weighed 2.8 pounds.
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