Rhetoric in practice

John Geddes measures the government’s new crime legislation against a real world example.

That probably sounds about right to most people: serious time for serious crime. But, then, most people, reading the word “manslaughter,” won’t be conjuring up the sordid facts of a drunken squabble that turns tragic. A judge, however, must consider such wretched details. That’s why we have them.

Meanwhile, the Ottawa Citizen’s editorial board says it’s difficult to see how the new measures would’ve had any effect on the case of Randall Hopley.

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