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Letters: Why no jail time?

A Richmond News reader is questioning the leniency of a judge presiding over the climate protesters arrested near YVR
Horseshoe Bay - June 14 - Save Old Growth (28)
Protesters from the Save Old Growth group disrupted traffic on Highway 1 near Horseshoe Bay Tuesday morning (June 14) around 8 a.m. West Vancouver Police arrested three people who had glued themselves to the road.

Dear Editor,

Re: “No jail or fines for YVR climate protesters,” Online, Sept. 23.

Although she accepted Crown’s argument the protesters are not “ordinary first offenders” since they “‘made a conscious decision to commit the offense,’ (Judge Bonnie) Craig said she did not believe imprisonment or fines were necessary to achieve the goals of denunciation and deterrence.”

So, as a citizen with a clean criminal record, are they suggesting if I were to go and put these protesters in a hospital with full intent, I would not be morally blameworthy?

Mitchel Holder


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