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I Am Skooter
So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
All the lonely houses stand like monuments / To thieves
— Neko Case, Tightly
August 7, 2004
Is A Conditional Discharge Real Punishment?

So Svend Robinson managed to get out of jail for free. (If not exactly free then at least without spending an any time actually in a jail.)

This is great, becuase I’ve always wanted a collection of Tag Heuer watches, and if the only risk I’m taking here is 100 hours of community service and a conditional discharge, it just may be worth it.

I’m not suggesting that this guy is a career criminal - although there are persistent rumours that he’s been a well known kleptomaniac for years now - but I don’t think it’s fair that Svend’s “public embarassment” is being used as an excuse not to give him jail time - does our criminal code actually list this as part of its sentencing criteria? If so, does that time that my bathing suit fell down in Florida in 1976 count towards a reduction of my jail time? It was pretty traumatizing. The horror. The horror.

Maybe I’m too cynical, but when I see the excessive delay in actually laying charges against Svend combined with a sentence this lenient, it’s hard not to be.

Posted by skooter at 10:36 PM This entry is filed under Politics.

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