Opinion

The justice system is hardly protecting the public

I  wholeheartedly agree with various letter writers suggesting the justice system could use some resolutions in 2007. How to accomplish such a feat is another story.

The genuine frustrated public has so many questions in need of honest answers.

Right along with the long list of concerns stated by the writers I cannot help but wonder why a man like pedophile Peter Whitmore, charged with six sexual assaults on children and facing yet another trial this month, served less than five years in jail for these life shattering assaults on innocent victims.

Truth of the matter is that this man saw no less than six different judges. Meaning that each judge gave him less than one year jail time.

Justice? For whom? Certainly not his defenceless little children.

Protection of the public? How? And how well?

Why such incredible leniency?

Upon questioning I was told by one esteemed lawyer in no uncertain terms how this time around Whitmore would surely be declared a dangerous offender.

So, I ask, should it take six and possibly seven, and heaven only knows how many more, severely shattered young lives for such a devious sick man to be declared a dangerous offender?

There’s so much talk about the three strikes you are out philosophy. Now, don’t you agree that by allowing three strikes to any pedophile is three strikes too many for any child?

I have never seen such gross injustice towards our little ones. Don’t we care?

What about the Charter of Rights and Freedoms Section 7: the… security of the person clause?

Should that count for criminals only? What about the rest of us? Are we not promised the same rights in the Charter of Rights?

What kind of protection can a law abiding citizen count on? Far as I can see not terribly much, let me tell you.

Right along with the group of Abbotsford Furious Grandmas, I vow to leave no stone unturned in 2007, to bring this gross injustice right down to the law makers’ attention  in Ottawa.

It is a joke to watch far too many criminals take the police force to court and come out the winner.

Just because it has always been that way, does it mean that it has to stay that way?

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