Opposing the Feminization of Canadian Jurisprudence
At the Karla Homolka trial, plea-bargaining resulted in Homolka receiving a very light
sentence for her participation in the murders of two young girls and her not even being
charged in the rape, torture and murder of her own sister. It appears that the deal that
was struck was so iron-clad that no further trial of Karla Homolka can take place. She is
presently serving time in prison, studies to become a social worker and will become
eligible for parole shortly.
The circumstances of the plea-bargaining became the motivator for Senator Anne C. Cools
to sponsor Canadian Bill S-3, for the express purpose to prevent another such miscarriage
This enactment provides for the circumstance where
(a) a "plea bargain", defined as an agreement between
the accused and the prosecution concerning sentence or
any other disposition of the court, is accepted by the
(b) it is subsequently established that the accused failed
to disclose or misrepresented facts relevant to the plea
Read the full text of the Bill.
Senator Anne C. Cools sponsored the bill and gave a speech to Parliament on March 19,
1996 prior to the second reading of the Bill.
A letter to the Alberta Justice Department,
In response to a call for input to a discussion paper on a proposal for a new
Prevention of Family Violence Act.
The letter contains the full text of the proposal as well as comments on the individual
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The Feminization of Canadian Jurisprudence
Alberta Report, August 9, 1999, page 36
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The gap between lower and
upper court philosophies widens
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