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Two Firsts

Two Firsts

Bertha Wilson and Claire L’Heureux-Dubé at the Supreme Court of Canada
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Bad Medicine

Bad Medicine

A Judge’s Struggle for Justice in a First Nations Community – Revised & Updated
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Bad Judgment

Bad Judgment

The Myths of First Nations Equality and Judicial Independence in Canada – Revised & Updated
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Benched

Benched

Passion for Law Reform
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From the Chapter "Building Bigger Prisons"

I found a 31-year-old man guilty for his part in an ill conceived drug-fueled bank robbery that was right out of a script for Larry, Curly and Mo. The total take was $345, except the dye pack blew up right outside the bank. He and the female co-accused were apprehended shortly after.

His early years were horrific. His father was unknown. He was savagely abused by his mother as an infant. He was locked in a room for days on end as an infant, tied up and repeatedly submerged in water , his hands were held to burn on stove elements. This torture was by his mother and her boyfriends. He was finally taken into care at age five, diagnosed with ADHD and from age five to eighteen, he was in 52 foster homes. In seven of those homes, he was physically and sexually abused. One of his foster homes was that of Donald Bakker, then a well regarded justice of the peace. The same Donald Bakker who later gained infamy as Canada’ss first convicted sex trafficker, a pedophile known for his sadistic sexual treatment of children in Thailand and women in Canada.

In 2000, a twenty-year-old young man on a fifth robbery charge was before me for sentencing in Supreme Court. In addition to the defence lawyer’s submissions, the accused had written a letter to the court on his own behalf. The letter was well written and showed keen intelligence. His youth record began at age twelve and was one of the longest records I had ever seen. The word ‘tragic’ would not begin to describe this young man’s personal history. Many foster homes and years of sexual abuse in six of those homes, including the home of the same Donald Bakker.

I know there were judges other than me who had to think, How would society like me to punish this youth or man? To really teach him a lesson. What more can I do to him that will beat what has already been done?

Our need for universal child care, more resources and trained workers to help these kids has long been a national disgrace. Early child care is imperative to assist those who need it, parents unable to handle the care of their infants for all the reasons that we know: a mom so young she is still a child herself, substance abuse problems, domestic violence, sexual abuse, poverty so dire kids are sent to school without breakfast or lunch. We know the value of early intervention to help families and to assess children, whether their problems are nutrition, learning disabilities, mental or physical health, or abuse.

Instead of building a national child care network, we have been building bigger prisons.

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True Cases Boxed Set

True Cases Boxed Set

Criminal Lawyers, Judges, and Shrinks on Cases that Haunt Them
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John Rosen on Defence of Paul Bernardo, from Tough Crimes

Much has been written about the videotapes, the failure of the police to find them and the horrific nature of their contents. But nothing has ever been said about the impact of the tapes on the lawyers. After taking possession of the tapes, [Clayton] Ruby and I met at his home to view them for the first time. We played the VHS tapes so as not to damage the originals. We also fast-forwarded through most parts. Our intention was to get an understanding of what was depicted so we could assess my legal, professional and ethical obligations.In truth though, the images depicted shook me to the core. At one point, I needed to stop and excuse myself for a few moments. The images were deeply disturbing and the implications were obvious. How was I going to defend this case in the face of these tapes? What would prevent the jury from coming over the boards at me for having the gall to advance any defence for this accused? Moreover, I am a father myself – what would my own family think of me? How was I going to survive a trial with my health and reputation intact? I could have avoided my responsibilities by claiming I was a witness to the chain of custody of the tapes. But what would that have said about the twenty-five years of my life that, at that point in time, I had dedicated to the criminal law? After a moment’s hesitation, I decided to set aside my personal feelings and interests and get on with the job at hand.

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Claire L’Heureux-Dubé

Claire L’Heureux-Dubé

A Life
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