Two Brands of Compassion, Outrage and Justice
1998 11 30,
Walter H. Schneider
In an article in the online edition of the National Post, 1998 11 28, Christie
Blatchford produced a magnificent piece of media hype that all-in-one managed to project
from an instance of anecdotes told by one of her friends to all Saskatchewan citizens the
attribute of heartless killers of kittens, to Saskatchewan hog farmers who presently go
bankrupt in record numbers the attribute of being materialistic whiners on account of
"their chosen employment," and to Robert Latimer by extension the attribute of a
heartless killer from whom we can't expect any different on account of him being an
inhabitant of Saskatchewan, a hog farmer and having a placid face to boot.
The article, because so many comparisons can be made to other similar cases in whom the
mothers, not the fathers, are in the majority the perpetrators of child murders, prompted
me to write a letter to the National Post.
Subject: Robert Latimer -- Two brands of justice and outrage
Date: Sat, 28 Nov 1998 09:03:57 -0800
From: Walter Schneider <
To: firstname.lastname@example.org, Mention
Dear National Post,
Re: No suffering in Robert Latimer
He applied the law of the farm to a human being
As the article by Christie Blatchford at
http://www.nationalpost.com/commentary.asp?f=981128/2059559 indicates, she feels that the
original sentence of two years less a day for Robert Latimer was bizarre. It appears
that she is far more comfortable with his current sentence of 25 years, with no chance of
parole for ten years of that term.
It is wrong that anyone kills a human being. What makes Robert Latimer's
crime even more abhorrent is that he killed his own daughter. However, would
Christie Blatchford have been more comfortable if a stranger like Dr. Kevorkian would have
done the deed? Is she as outraged about "bizarre" sentences when the
latter gets off time and again on murder charges in his series of about 130 killings by
However, what is truly bizarre about the Robert Latimer case is the two brands of
justice that are being applied in "merci-killings" in Canada. It would be
great if Christie Blatchford would bless us with her opinions about the truly bizarre
circumstances that allow for someone like Mrs. Getkate to get off with the murder of her
husband with a total time of eleven days spent incarcerated. Even more bizarre,
Danielle Blaise, who deliberately killed her 2 1/2 year-old son, identically afflicted,
although apparently not as severely, [see note] as Robert Latimer's daughter, spent
no time in jail at all and received the "bizarre" sentence of about 60
days of counselling sessions that she had to attend on weekends, to help *her* to get over
the trauma of the deed she had done. Did anyone suggest counselling for Robert
Latimer to help him get over his trauma?
Danielle Blaise deliberately drowned her son at about the same time that Robert
Latimer deliberately gassed his daughter. Is no jail-time for drowning one's child
not a bizarre sentence? Should Robert Latimer perhaps have chosen that method for
the execution of his daughter rather than to gas her? Perhaps Robert Latimer
shouldn't have claimed that he killed his daughter out of compassion for her suffering and
should have simply claimed the same motivation that Danielle Blaise used, that he simply
couldn't cope anymore.
It would probably have been far more expedient for Robert Latimer to have had a
sex-change operation before he executed his daughter, than to submit himself to the
consequences of having done his deed while he was a man. However, that fact may
still provide some hope to him. If he does serve his sentence, as a federal prisoner
he'll be entitled to get a sex-change operation at no cost to himself. If he should
go through with that, he'll be able to obtain the same level of compassion that is
routinely extended to murderesses and will probably increase his chances of getting an
early release or perhaps even to be pardoned, unless we don't then forgive him the sin of
ever having been a man. That is truly bizarre, but it also helps explain that the
ratio of incarceration in Canadian prisons is 100 men for every woman. In the US,
that ratio is 18.6 : 1.
Most bizarre of all is the fact that Robert Latimer's crime continues to receive so
much attention in the media by people like Christie Blatchford, whereas the media has long
forgotten Danielle Blaise's name, crime and victim. Nevertheless, the victims in
both cases are equally dead, righteous media outrage and inequitable justice or not.
Walter H. Schneider
Note: On account of the large number of reports that I have on hand, of
mothers who murdered their children and got off lightly or with no punishment at all, it
seems that I became a little confused. I would like to make a few corrections of
pertinent facts in the Danielle Blaise case. Her name is Danielle Blaise, her son's
age was six, his name Charles-Antoine Blaise, and his affliction was autism.
I received a number of inquiries about Danielle Blaise's case of murdering her son.
That prompted me to find out a little bit more information about both cases, that of
Danielle Blaise and that of Robert Latimer.
Here is a reference to the Blais case that quotes the Ottawa Citizen, at http://www.pcs.mb.ca/~ccd/ottciti.html
It is stated in the article that:
"Blais, of Montreal, tried unsuccessfully to commit suicide after the child died
and has been charged with first-degree murder. She is receiving treatment for
She was portrayed by the mainstream media as a loving mother who
reached her breaking point. That is most surely true, but that means her support
system was inadequate, not that a bathtub should have been filled with water. "
These sentiments are typical with respect to comments pertaining to Danielle Blais, but
there are few comparably benign comments about Robert Latimer. He is a man,
therefore he is without any doubt guilty and worthy of being punished to the full extent
of the law. Nevertheless, what all comments about Danielle Blais ignored is the very
high frequency of bathtubs being either the murder weapon or the location used in the
murder of children when these are killed by their mothers. What these comments
ignore as well is the fact that few women succeed in committing suicide, but that in the
majority of attempted suicide by women help is usually summoned in sufficient time, even
if the method of suicide chosen should otherwise be deadly, to effect rescue with a wide
margin of safety.
Peter Mansbridge blissfully ignores that there had been many more cases like the
Latimer case when he states in the lead-in to the Dec 02, 1998 "The National":
"Still ahead, in tonight's news: is Quebec discriminating against students from other
provinces? And Robert Latimer's unprecedented sentence. Is it a one off, or will there be
The following table juxtaposes the details of the CBC post-trial coverage of the
murders of Charles-Antoine Blais and Tracy Latimer. The text shown in italics is
The Murder of Charles-Antoine Blais
as per the CBC program "The National" [transcript of program]
(The URL is also shown right after this table)
The Murder of Tracy Latimer
as per the CBC program "The National" [transcript of program]
(The URL is also shown right after this table)
Treatment for mother who killed autistic son.
Debate over Robert Latimer's sentence.
|Danielle Blais' case had received little attention in the media and
was hardly known.
||Robert Latimer's case had received much
media attention, and his name was a household word already.
|Guests: MARK KELLEY, CBC Reporter
ROBERT LA HAYE, Defence Lawyer
LYNNE BRABANT, Mother Of Autistic Child
|Guests: ERIC SORENSEN, CBC Reporter,
Vox Pop (Voice of ) JUSTICE TED NOBLE,
PAUL FORSETH, BC Reform MP,
ANNE McLELLAN, Min. Of Justice,
BRYAN SCHWARTZ, University Of Manitoba
|Relatively unknown reporter, unknown and low-profile guests
||Well-known reporter, high-profile guests, but defence lawyer not
SUHANA MEHARCHAND: A judge in Quebec ruled today that a woman who
killed her young disabled son will not go to jail. As Mark Kelley reports, the crown
prosecutor, defence lawyers and parents of other autistic children agree with the
PETER MANSBRIDGE: Lots of debate today about the sentence a judge
handed to Robert Latimer yesterday. Latimer was given two years less a day for
second-degree murder. That's far less that the mandatory minimum of ten years.
As we hear from Eric Sorensen, the talk today ranged from the legal issue to political
questions, to the ethics of Latimer's act and the court's decision.
|It is explained what the case is all about, what the
consequences areno jail timeand that there is general agreement by the major
interested parties as to the appropriateness of the lack of severity of the sentence.
What is remarkable is the lack of any discussion of the severity of the
sentence in comparison to other trials for identical crimes.
No indication is provided that many people who commit murder are often indicted
for the more serious charge of murder, not manslaughter. Let's not forget here that
Danielle Blais deliberately drowned her son. That makes it premeditated murder, not
manslaughter. Doesn't it amaze anyone that she was indicted for the latter?
|No explanation is required as to what the case is all about.
People know that already. The sentence is announced along with the fact that it is
far less than the mandatory sentence demands for the charge of murder that had been laid.
What is remarkable is the lack of any discussion of the severity of the
sentence in comparison to the results of other trials for identical crimes.
No indication is provided that many people who commit murder get routinely
off with a less serious indictment, starting with no indictment at all to total absolution
if an indictment for a far lesser category of crime for the same deed is made. (I. e.:
MARK KELLEY: This is the police photo of Danielle Blais, taken
just hours after she killed her only child. Last November, Blais drowned six-year-old
Charles Antoine in a bathtub, then she slashed her own wrists but survived. Her son
He went from extreme hyperactivity to extreme withdrawal. The
boy's father left them, her babysitters kept quitting. Blais sunk into clinical
depression. She was convicted of manslaughter, and today she was sentenced to 23 months in
this halfway house. Here, she'll receive psychiatric treatment.
ERIC SORENSEN: For weeks, the Latimers walked the gauntlet of
reporters and cameras. But today, all was quiet at the family farm. Laura
Latimer wasn't talking in public. And 40 kilometers away, her husband was in no
position to talk publicly, locked up in an RCMP jail cell. But others are still
debating Robert Latimer's decision to kill his daughter, who was disabled and in
|Danielle Blais, as far as I know, was never incarcerated even prior to
the trial. The background provided here goes into the details of the burden that the
poor boy had been to his mother, but the details provided say simply only that the boy was
autistic. Was he ambulatory? Could he eat by himself? In another report
it was stated that Danielle Blais was unhappy that the boy's teachers had no compassion
for his problems. That means that he was attending school and that his mother was
not saddled with looking after him for 24 hours per day.
||The report by the CBC's "National" doesn't mention anything
about the details of the circumstances that led to Tracy Latimer's death. Tracy was
twelve and severely afflicted by cerebral palsy. She couldn't communicate, couldn't
eat by herself, couldn't sit by herself, couldn't walk. It isn't clear that she
could hear, although she smiled at times, it isn't clear what she smiled about.
Robert Latimer, Tracy's father, decided to place Tracy into the cab of his pick-up truck
and to gas her to death with exhaust fumes. It appears that the question of whether
his wife was involved in the plotting of the death of Tracy was never asked.
ROBERT LA HAYE / DEFENCE LAWYER: She's not a criminal; she's only
a sick person and she still has to re-integrate herself into society.
KELLEY: The Crown had asked for
a three-year jail term to send a message to other parents, but Mr. Justice Jean Falardeau
refused. In sentencing Blais, he wrote: "I have much difficulty believing
prison will dissuade someone who is sick." He added, "clearly the
defendant doesn't represent a danger to society, she could even work to help other parents
of autistic children."
UNIDENTIFIED: And I've got two disabled kids myself. They're not
as bad as what Robert's are, but if they were ever that bad, I'd have to think about
SORENSEN: And many more are now wrestling with Judge Ted Noble's
decision to sentence Latimer to just two years for murder.
UNIDENTIFIED: I think the penalty was inadequate. It should have
been more severe.
UNIDENTIFIED Voice on radio: Well the
decision, I don't mind saying, surprised me.
SORENSEN: The legal debate was also taken up on radio talk
UNIDENTIFIED (Voice on radio): As of now, we have a Canadian
judge who has basically struck down the sentence for second-degree murder.
SORENSEN: Yesterday, Judge Noble went out of his way to explain
why he ignored the Criminal Code provisions for murder, and why -- as can be heard on this
court recording, he granted Latimer a constitutional exemption.
(Voice of ) JUSTICE TED NOBLE: "I have concluded that the
mandatory minimum sentence for second degree murder in the circumstances of this case is
grossly disproportionate. It is important that it be understood that this decision
only relates to this accused in respect of this crime."
SORENSEN: In Ottawa, there were prickly questions about the
PAUL FORSETH / BC REFORM MP: Does the Criminal Code have
meaning? Or do judges just select terms to their liking?
ANNE McLELLAN / MIN. OF JUSTICE: Mr. Justice Noble made it plain
that his decision was fact-specific, and those provisions of the Code in question remain
in full force and effect.
|There you have it. Although Danielle Blais has been convicted of
the crime of manslaughter, her lawyer affirms that she is not a criminal. That would
make her a victim of a justice system gone awry. It seems to me that if the judge
felt that she was sick, that a mistrial took place, because a sick person can't be a
criminal. He could at worst be criminally insane.
||Let's first acknowledge that in this post-mortem trial by media,
Robert Latimer has no representation at all. The defence lawyer is absent from the
Then it must be asked why this case, which had identical motives and
results, compared to the Danielle Blais case, required such high caliber participants in
the post-mortem trial by media.
Why is it that Robert Latimer didn't warrant the same considerations that
were used in Danielle Blais' case? Why was his case not considered to be
manslaughter? Why is it that his sentence wasn't commuted to a 23 months-term in a
halfway house? Why was he indicted for murder? Why is he not also considered
to be no danger to society?
Why is it that public sentiment in all of those anonymous comments was
that his sentence was far too light?
Why was Robert Latimer's case discussed in the House of Commons and
Danielle Blais' case wasn't?
Why did Paul Forseth not take the opportunity to make political hay in
Danielle Blais' case and call for a heavier sentence?
KELLEY: Lynne Brabant says she understands what Blais went
through. Her 16-year-old son Jeremy is autistic. For years, he rarely slept. He'd lie
awake screaming at night, and spend his days creating havoc at home. While Brabant doesn't
condone killing, she does condemn the Quebec government for cutting support programs for
parents like her and Blais.
LYNNE BRABANT / MOTHER OF AUTISTIC CHILD: What happened to
Danielle Blais may very likely happen again, very likely. And it's like, I hope it won't
KELLEY: Parents of autistic children are giving Blais more than
their support -- they're also giving her a job. They want her to represent their
association so she can provide other parents with the kind of help she said she never
Mark Kelley, CBC News, Montreal.
SORENSEN: Legal scholars were studying Judge Noble's ruling
today, and many have concluded it will not open the floodgates to more exemptions from the
BRYAN SCHWARTZ / UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA: Usually if there's
something wrong with the law, the court will address the problem with the law and not deal
with just the particular one-fact circumstance. So I don't think you're going to see
a whole raft of demands for constitutional exemptions in other cases.
SORENSEN: Among the flurry of legal opinions about Robert
Latimer's sentence, the one viewpoint that matters most at the moment isn't being
expressed yet. That's the view from Saskatchewan's crown prosecutor's office.
Laura Latimer hopes the crown won't appeal, but the director of public prosecutions says
his office will go back over the case and the judge's ruling, so a decision on the appeal
won't be made for about two weeks.
Eric Sorensen, CBC News, Battleford, Saskatchewan.
|A considerable amount of sympathy was expressed for Danielle
Blais. The foregone conclusion appears to be that she is a woman in distress and
therefore a victim of her own circumstances.
Why is it that Mark Kelly doesn't mention how severely Charles-Antoine was
afflicted by autism? Without knowing that, no comparison can be made to the severity
of Lynn Brabant's travails, and her comments become virtually meaningless.
It is interesting that Danielle Blais received job offers, to have her speak
to parents of autistic children. What kind of help do the parents of autistic
children expect to get from her?
|No sympathy of any kind is expressed for Robert Latimer. The
foregone conclusion that isn't even mentioned is that what Robert Latimer did was very
bad, and that he must be punished severely to the full extent of the law, if possible
perhaps even more severely than the law permits.
There are no job offers for him. The concerns expressed in the whole
discussion center on the fact that Justice Noble gave a sentence that was less than what
the charges warranted. The only final comment is that Eric Sorensen speculates
whether Robert Latimer's sentence will be appealed by the crown prosecutor.
Epilogue (April 23, 2001)
|The death of Charles-Antoine Blais and the name of Danielle Blais, his
mother who killed him, have been forgotten.
The fate of Danielle Blais, who had no other children and no husband at the
time, is not publicly known.
As a single woman who is no longer burdened by her autistic son, and as the
recipient of counselling, she should have had no trouble to get her life back in order.
|The case of Tracy Latimer's death and the name of her father who
killed her are still very much in the news.
There have been some complaints by opponents of euthanasia that Tracy's name
is not being mentioned often enough.
The sentence given to Robert Latimer, 25 years imprisonment with no chance of
parole for ten, has been upheld by the Supreme Court of Canada.
There is renewed interest in Robert Latimer's case, on account of some people
having offered to serve each one month of his sentence.
Mrs. Latimer and the other two children of the Latimer family have to try and
survive without the presence of the husband and father. Given that the family made a
living off their farm something that is increasingly difficult to do under the best
of circumstances and almost impossible without a father around they will for the
rest of their lives suffer from the aftermath of Tracy's death, even if Robert Latimer
should survive his life sentence.
Update 2006 05 14
Chilling perspectives on "Ethics"
In case of a deadly flu pandemic, whom should
Once-upon-a-time a question like that never came up, except
in totalitarian nations such as the USSR, Red China and Nazi Germany.
The presence of universal moral standards in the cultural heritage of the
West ensured that the answer to such a question was, women and children
first, then the elderly, the weak and the sick. We fought wars to
preserve that as a right of humanity, to ensure the abolition of slavery and
the right of everyone to life and liberty. That had made our society
reach the heights it attained before its fall. However, those
standards no longer exist. Now the legalization of euthanasia,
assisted suicide and rigorous culling to establish the survival of the
fittest is the norm in our brave-new world.
In the name of science it is now rationalized that rigorous
selective culling is needed on the basis of economics, not survival of the
weak on moral grounds. The outcomes of such practices are similar to
those that the Nazis hoped to achieve, for similar reasons; only the methods
differ. The Nazis actively killed those that were — and in our
brave-new world we actively withhold the means to keep alive those that are
— deemed not worthy to let live, although in the rationalizing for the
eradication of the right to life of the weakest of all, those not yet born,
we have already shown ourselves to be far more ruthless than the Nazis ever
Still, vestiges of our largely vanished great cultural aims
still exist, or else it would not be that the proposal by Ezekiel Emanuel
and Alan Wertheimer (in the journal Science, May 12, 2006) sparked as
public discussion as it did. (The discussion is still growing.
A May 13, 2006 search per the preceding link provided 539 entries in the
search return list. Sixteen hours later, May 14, the entries in the return
list for the search had grown to 572.)
1) CBC Coverage of Blaise http://www.tv.cbc.ca/national/pgminfo/trans/T970702.html
2) CBC Coverage of Latimer http://www.tv.cbc.ca/national/pgminfo/trans/T971202.htm
3) CBC Coverage of Latimer http://www.tv.cbc.ca/national/pgminfo/trans/T971203.html
The third item accessible at the URLs shown above shows the following:
Title: Moving day for Robert Latimer.
PETER MANSBRIDGE: This was moving day for Robert Latimer. He was transferred to his new
home at a provincial jail in Saskatoon. Latimer's been in custody in an RCMP holding
cell since Monday. That's when he was given that unprecedented sentence of two years
less a day -- one year in a provincial jail, and one year confined to his farm for the
second-degree murder of his disabled daughter Tracy. No decision yet on whether the
sentence will be appealed.
Again Peter Mansbridge was either deliberately or blissfully ignorant of the fact that
Danielle Blais' case was a precedent that existed, contrary to what he stated. I'm
sure that just a few minutes of consultation with a lawyer would have provided a large
number of similar cases from which it could have been determined what a normal sentence in
a case like Robert Latimer's would have been. Even the archives of the CBC would
have provided a wealth of information. Just to mention a few cases amongst many
about which the CBC had provided liberal coverage.
There was the Drummond case, in which a baby boy, just hours from being
born, was shot in the head while he was he was still in the mother's womb. The
mother claimed that she had wanted to commit suicide and that's why she shot herself (into
the vagina) received a suspended sentence of six months. That was to teach other
parents a lesson, so the prosecutor said. The boy, with a bullet lodged in his
brain, is living with his father.
Mary Jane Forgarty of Halifax was given a suspended sentence in December
1995 in assisting her best friend to death. Forgarty gave the victim an insulin overdose
in 1994; she was not a physician.
Dr. Maurice Genereux, sentenced to jail but is free until his appeal is
settled. Genereux, admitted prescribing lethal doses of a barbiturate to two healthy but
depressed men with HIV infection, and was sentenced to two years less a day, followed by
three years on probation.
Two-year-old Jacqueline Brewers parents allowed her to
starve to death in her bedroom. The judge expressed disgust for the parents, who
were convicted of manslaughter. Was the death of Jaqueline Brewer more merciful than
that of Tracy Latimer? The parents of Jacqueline Brewer will remain in jail for close to
Ten-year-old Katie Lynn Baker's mother ignored orders from a social
worker to take the child to the hospital and the little girl starved to death.
Although Katie Lynn's death has been ruled a homicide, it appears that the mother hasn't
been charged yet with her daughter's death. I suppose that Katie Lynn's death too
must have been more merciful than that of Tracy Latimer. Of course what may play a
role in the lack of prosecution is that just as in the Brewer case, social workers were
fully well aware of what was being done in the case. Katie Lynn's mother Cheryl
McLean indicated at the inquest that she was honoring her daughter's wish to starve her to
Dr. Nancy Morrison of Halifax, Nova Scotia was charged with the first
degree murder of one of her patients, in what was called assisted suicide. She is
free now without having served any time in prison and was allowed to practice her
profession once more, even before her case came to trial. As of Nov 19, 1998, her
case was once more dismissed.
In 1992, in Edmonton three youths were sentenced only to probation and
community service for beating 24-year-old Paul Deveraux to death. The judge explained the
light sentence by saying the boys had not committed a "serious" attack. If
I remember right, the murderers are Natives.
A final comment is in order, to point out another difference in the two cases.
Danielle Blaise had a Legal Aid lawyer who defended her. Robert Latimer's family has
to pay for all legal costs that accrued through the use of his lawyer. But, most
important of all, in neither report is any sympathy expressed for the children, the true
victims of the crimes. Let's hope that neither child felt any pain while it was
The difference in the two transcripts, the one about Blaise, and the other about
Latimer, makes it quite clear what is happening here. In the case of Blaise, mild
apprehension about the killing of a child and much sympathy for the poor mother who took
less than six years to crack, a mother who ostensibly was dismayed about the lack of
compassion that the teachers had for the condition of her son and the fact that she had
trouble obtaining baby-sitters. On the other hand, in the Latimer case, a
considerable show of forceful opinions that what he did was wrong and that the law had
been bent to let him get off with a light sentence, a sentence that was already
considerably more severe than that which Danielle Blaise received.
Anyone who feels that judges can't possibly be swayed by public opinion (although what
goes for public opinion these days is virtually always nothing other than media hype) must
consider that judges do watch TV, listen to the radio, and read the papers. The
trends exhibited in the media, even if there would have been an equal amount of coverage
of the two cases, would most definitely have an impact on the opinion of any judge.
After all, they are politicians. That is because of the bias in compassion, the
trend to make women perpetrators out to be the real victims that cracked because they were
helpless and to make men into brutes who should have known better and deserve the
worst. However, what reinforces the bias enormously to be hopelessly tilted against
men and far more in favour of women when crimes of identical severity are committed is not
only the degree of the bias but the quantity of it.
As it is beyond my means to make a full analysis of all the media coverage, I made a
search of the Internet, using two comparable search strings. A search for:
- <+"Danielle Blaise" +Charles> (excluding the chevrons) returned 13 URLs
- <+"Robert Latimer" +Tracy> (excluding the chevrons) returned 261 URLs
- <+"The National Online" +"Danielle Blaise"> (excluding the
chevrons) returned 1 URL
- <+"The National Online" +"Robert Latimer"> (excluding the
chevrons) returned 2 URLs
That causes insurmountable odds against Robert Latimer to receive equitable
justice. "Equitable" means under the circumstances no more than "what
is good for the goose is good for the gander," that is, what was meted out to
Danielle Blaise and any other women in such circumstances should have been meted out to
Robert Latimer to a similar degree and extent, although I feel that what was given to
Danielle Blaise was a sentence that was far too light. However, it should be clear to
anyone who labours under the illusion that justice can be had in the courts, that
"justice in the courts" is little more than a tally of what shows up in the
media, with a bit of rationalizing by the judge thrown in for good measure, explaining why
he deviated from common sense and often from the law when he handed down his sentence.
It still remains to be explained why Robert Latimer was charged with murder and
Danielle Blais and other women like her with manslaughter, or, even more incredibly, with
infanticide, a crime category that is only available to women and no-one else.
While the case of Danielle Blaise is most unlikely to be revived, the case of Robert
Latimer and his family hasn't ended yet. Just a few days ago he was sentenced to 25
years of imprisonment with no chance for parole for ten years. He plans to appeal
his sentence in the Supreme Court of Canada. What needs to be recognized is that a
number of women who had been serving serious time in federal prison for capital murder
have recently been pardoned. I can't provide the details of their cases. That
is because their names are being kept secret "to protect their
identities." That is the final insult in the inequitable treatment that
Canadian men receive at the hands of Canadian "justice". If they are
pardoned, their names are never kept secret, because men, no matter what they did to serve
time in a correctional institution, need to be vilified. It seems that Canadian
"justice for men" works under the premise that neither men nor their identities
The URLs shown below provide additional opinions about the Danielle Blaise case.
They were found by doing a search on AltaVista using <+"Blaise" +bathtub>
(excluding the chevrons). A total of twenty were returned, but not all were
pertinent or sufficiently detailed. These are worthwhile looking at. (Search
for "Blaise" when you access them)
1999 10 10 (to provide slight edits of grammar and wording)
2001 01 29 (format changes)
2001 04 23 (added epilogue)
2013 03 08 (removed reference to dvstats.org -- website no longer