03.20.2012 12:26 PM

The James’ sentence is a disgrace

That son of a bitch should be designated a dangerous offender, and imprisoned indefinitely.

Man oh man, this thing better be appealed.


  1. Murdoch says:

    The Crown and the Judge should be ashamed of themselves. I’m hoping for prison and street justice.
    Maybe he will get all the sex he doesn’t want in prison too. Fleury has his focus on and you got to admire the guy.

  2. smelter rat says:

    The Crown asked for 6 years. Still not enough though. Another slap in the face for the victims.

  3. Lance says:

    “Criminals thrive on the indulgence of society’s understanding.” – Ra’s al Ghul

  4. RP. says:

    Did you ever do much criminal law, WK? (this is a question asked good faith as I am only curious)

  5. Ottawacon says:

    For all the smug criticism that Canadians love to direct toward the US justice system, the appeal of jury sentencing for a case like this is obvious. There is very little basis for Canadian society to defer to the professionals.

  6. Harith says:

    Sadly the tories will use this to spin their anti-crime initiatives even further.

    • sassy says:

      My thought exactly.

    • kre8tv says:

      Frankly I don’t care who capitalizes on this one politically. The James sentence reveals not only that Justice Carlson was defective in her reasoning but that our justice system clearly does not take seriously those crimes involving the sexual abuse of children. Appealing this sentence is just the start of what really needs to happen as a result of this deeply troubling case.

      • Elisabeth Lindsay says:

        Can you imagine if this James creep had repetitively raped young girls? I think he would NEVER have received a pardon after serving his short sentence – do you?

        • Pomojen says:

          Actually, yes I can. I have seen things like that happen. This society does repeatedly drops the ball on protecting kids -boys and girls- from abuse and neglect.

          Now, if you break or steal someone’s stuff… Say, their money perhaps….that’s the one that seems to rub a raw spot.

  7. dave says:

    Let me be a target of your outrage:

    I used to work with special kids, including kids who were victims of sexual abuse. One thing I went thru with the kids was the difference in community reaction when what happened (way too much) to young teen girls at the hands of adult males, also happened to young teen boys. It was a time up to almost a decade ago, and the age of consent was 14. It drove me bonkers to see my community get a ‘save our children’ thing going with poster and pictures and such up around town because of something that happened with 16 year old boys and an adult male, when, at the very same time, my 13, 14, 15 year old girls had the same thing happening to them at the hands of adult males, and not a whisper of outrage. These kids were children.

    I understand that James abused these fellows when they were on the junior men’s hockey team he was coaching in the Western Hockey League. So these fellows were at least 16, and on up to 20 years old when James committed these crimes. I do not see this as a crime against children. So I do not see James as a paedophile. I see this as a homosexual who used his position of authority over these young men to get sexual favours; and so, I see him as guilty of sexual assault. Because I do not see him as a paedophile, I see treatment for paedophilia misplace in this case. He committed sexual assault, and deserves incarceration and treatment for being a rapist.

    I do not doubt the pain in these men victimized by James. But, I think that had his victims been 18 or 20 year old young women, there would not be nearly the outcry about this case, and about this sentence.

    Of course, my little rant takes place in spite of the fact that I have not read the judge’s decision…I have only a hazy sense of what the evidence either way might have been.

    • Tired of it All says:

      Brother, I can’t really touch this other than to say it is wrong in both instances, and the hammer should fall, hard, for all of our children regardless of their age.

  8. Scott Ross says:

    Emotion will get you everywhere, except justice.

  9. Tiger says:

    Looks like the Crown fell down on this one. Should’ve asked for more.

  10. Unintelligentia says:

    The liberal judiciary responsible for these types of sentences are either naive or cynical. Naive in the sense that they believe that the perps are victims too and embrace the root cause approach to justice. Or cynical in the sense that they do not believe that locking criminals up serves any purpose. Without punishment there is no crime.

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