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Senator says judges are in best position to decide sentences – Ottawa Citizen

August 16, 2018

A Liberal-appointed Senator who has introduced a bill to water down the impact of mandatory minimum sentences says judges are in the best position to deliver penalties tailored to the individual criminal.

“I am pleased to see that judges are challenging the application of mandatory minimum penalties,” Sen. Kim Pate said Wednesday after learning that an Ottawa judge has become the latest member of the judiciary to strike down as unconstitutional two mandatory minimum sentences.

Justice Colin McKinnon ruled on Tuesday that sending a naïve and unsophisticated pimp to prison for three years as demanded by the Criminal Code’s mandatory sentencing provisions amounted to cruel and unusual punishment.

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