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So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
Sunset is an angel weeping / Holding out a bloody sword
— Bruce Cockburn, Pacing the Cage
December 7, 2007
On What Basis?

The entire article from the Globe and Mail, copyright be damned.

Latimer should be pardoned, civil liberties group says
The Canadian Press
December 6, 2007 at 5:21 PM EST
Regina — The Canadian Civil Liberties Association says Robert Latimer’s continued imprisonment is nothing short of a “national disgrace.”

Association lawyer Allan Borovoy says it’s time for the federal government to step in and grant the Saskatchewan farmer clemency.

Mr. Latimer, who is currently serving a life sentence for the second-degree murder of his severely disabled daughter, was denied a chance at day parole Wednesday.

The National Parole Board said he has not shown remorse for his actions.

Mr. Borovoy calls that ruling sanctimonious and says the parole board should be focused on risk assessment, not contrition.

The civil liberties association has used Mr. Latimer’s case as an example of how mandatory minimum sentences don’t work.

On what basis should a pardon—the ultimate in forgiveness—be granted?

Regardless of his motive. Robert Latimer took a life. Arguments for compassion aside, you can’t run a civil society where people are allowed to walk around killing other people. The right to life is the most basic of human rights: a society that doesn’t protect this as an absolute can’t be called a just society.

Early parole I might be convinced to agree with: the parole board acknowledged, apparently, that Latimer was an extremely low risk to reoffend. On this basis an early parole would seem reasonable.

But a pardon? That would reduce the meaning of Tracy Latimer’s life to nothing…less than zero…less than human.

Surely no one wants to live in that society?

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