The Screw Remorsefulness and Repentance Rant
A man and a woman were sentenced today in Winnipeg for the kidnapping, imprisonment and rape of two young girls, aged 12 and 13. And we're not talking about some quick ordeal here. Far from it. One of these girls, the 12-year-old, was held for two months as a sex slave and continuously drugged, raped, tormented and tortured. The other girl was also raped numerous times, and she eventually became pregnant. The couple showed absolutely no remorse and asked for no forgiveness. So what kind of sentence do you think they received?
The prosecutor said that the depravity and perverseness of this case was to an extent she'd rarely seen. She asked for sentences of 18 years for the man and eight years for his spouse. Pretty lenient considering the horrific nature of the crimes, but a lot better than the type of short trivial sentences we usually see here in Canada with these kind of cases.
Well, the woman, Lynnette Traverse, who fully participated in the abductions and rapes of the girls, was convicted of sexual assault and forcible confinement, but for some bizarre reason was only given - wait for it - "time already served while awaiting trial" (two years). That works out to a week or two in jail for each rape (possibly less, who's counting?), plus a few weeks for kidnapping, torture and unlawful confinement.
Guess the judge figured her husband had to do the real time simply because... well, who the fuck knows why, but nevertheless, he must have figured it was the husband who deserved to feel the full force of justice, the full force of punishment for his heinous, despicable crimes. I suppose he figured he could only make an example out of one of the two. And so when it came time to sentence the husband...
The prosecutor asked for an 18-year sentence for the man, Terry Ladouceur. But the judge could, of course, ignore that recommendation as ridiculously lenient for such horrific crimes and instead impose a much fairer sentence, such as 30 to 40 years, with a minimum of 25 to be served before parole could be granted. Or he could have sentenced this scumbag as a Dangerous Offender so he'd never get out to do this sort of sicko crap again (which he almost certainly will if he is ever released). Or he could have at least added a couple of years to the prosecutor's recommendation just to make a point.
So what did he do? What did this judge - whose daughters have never been held as sex slaves for two months but who could feel disgusted about it all the same - feel was the correct sentence; this judge who believes in and works for the "justice system"; this judge who knows people can be sent away for many years for just a few armed robberies in which no one is even hurt; this judge who knows that no remorse whatsoever had been shown and no apologies offered; this judge who had read the psychiatric report saying that the 12-year-old girl has "no hope, no dreams, no future" and that "It's unfathomable the damage that this girl has undertaken"; this judge who heard the lead cop on the case testify that this was one of the most horrific sexual assault cases he had ever seen; this judge who has never been personally tied up and raped repeatedly for weeks at a time or even held captive, but who knows it certainly must not be all that pleasant, especially when you're 12 years old. What did he, in all his judicial wisdom, feel was the appropriate sentence? Are you ready for it? Here it is: Seven more years (on top of the two he has already served while awaiting trial).
Yes, 9 fucking years! The scumbag will most likely be back out on the streets in 4 years or so. Then he can rape, kidnap, torture and torment some more children until they lock him up real good next time... perhaps for 10 years.
They say that in the States the poor can't get a fair trial and the rich are rarely, if ever, convicted. Well here in Canada the one good thing you can say about the "justice system" is that it doesn't discriminate. Everyone is treated equally. It doesn't matter if you're rich or poor, no one has to serve any real time in prison, no matter how heinous their crimes. If you're really pumped up about having one of the world's most oxymoronically-named "justice systems" you might as well go full-out and make sure EVERYONE gets off lightly. Well, except Natives, of course, but that's a whole other rant.
Way to go Judge Gerald Jewers. You rock man! You've sent out the message strong and clear that this type of crime isn't really all that serious. Forget about remorsefulness and repentance, you know these two aren't going to harm anyone ever again, don't you? You can go home to your gated community, where your daughter is most definitely not being held as a sex slave, and you can have a good night's sleep knowing you handed out some appropriate justice. Long may justice ring out from your bench. Knowing that the kidnappin' and torturin' rapists weren't one bit repentant, and knowing that the man even taunted the victims' families as he was led out of the courtroom, and knowing that both young girls have had their lives devastated, knowing all that doesn't trouble you, does it? And how could it? You've got new cases to consider the shortest possible sentence for, you have no time to dwell on the past. Leave that to the victims.
Once again, let me please ask you to all join me in applauding the work of one of the most idiotically-named institutions in the world: the Canadian "justice system."
Mike Cowie (Oredakedo)
Tuesday, November 14th, 2006
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