Another Canadian judge has sent a torpedo into the Conservative government's tough-on-crime strategy.
This time it was B.C. provincial court Judge Joseph Galati, who ruled the one-year mandatory minimum for drug trafficking the Tories legislated as part of their crackdown on the drug trade is unconstitutional.
It's the latest thrust at Prime Minister Stephen Harper's more punitive approach to criminals while paying more attention to victims of crime.
Judges elsewhere have undermined Ottawa's elimination of the two-for-one sentencing credit for time spent in pre-trial custody and found creative ways to avoid levying the heftier victim surcharge on those they think can't afford to pay it.
Galati on Wednesday sentenced drug dealer Joseph Ryan Lloyd to 191 days in jail plus time served, The Canadian Press reported. The judge concluded Lloyd, 25, was a low-level dealer who sold drugs to support his own habit.Read More »from B.C. judge takes another bite out of Tories’ mandatory minimum sentence legislation