New & Notable: Gladue Reloaded!

Sentencing is a difficult if not enigmatic beast. Perhaps not surprisingly given the myriad of considerations together with the uniqueness of every offence and every offender. The recent cases of Ipeelee and Ladue illustrate this point: R v Ipeelee, 2012 SCC 13. Both were aboriginal offenders; both were sentenced for breach LTSOs; both received 3 year sentences at first instance; Ipeelee appealed to the Ontario Court of Appeal unsuccessfully; Ladue successfully appealed to the British Columbia Court of Appeal (reducing his sentence to 1 year). The Supreme Court held that one year sentences were appropriate for both.
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