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Canada: Sex-offender provision unconstitutional in not criminally responsible cases: court

[ca.news.yahoo.com – 11/20/20]

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada has affirmed that Ontario’s sex-offender registry regime violates the constitutional rights of people found not criminally responsible for their actions by reason of mental disorder.

The decision came Friday in the case of an Ontario man who was found not criminally responsible in June 2002 for sexually assaulting his then-wife, and other charges, due to a manic episode.

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  1. Jack

    “These discriminatory distinctions cannot be justified in a democratic society”. Why can’t we have a Justin Trudeau like politician here?

    • That David

      It wasn’t a politician who said that. It was a judge. We don’t have many judges like that here because, as a country, we do not elect them. Or elect politicians who would appoint judges like that.

      Also, despite what it sounds like. This is a very narrow decision. Previously if you were found to be not criminally responsible. You could never successfully petition to be removed from Canada’s registry. Now you theoretically have the ability to.

  2. Facts should matter

    This should also apply to everyone with an offense that suffers from Autism.

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