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SCC strikes down law which authorized life without parole for those convicted of multiple murders

Simon Borys was recently interviewed for an article in The Lawyers Daily about R v Bissonnette, the recent case from the Supreme Court that dealt with the constitutionality of stacked life sentences. Simon intervened in the case on behalf of the Canadian Prison Law Association.”

Simon is quoted in the article as saying:

“their client “is very pleased” with the decision. “The facts of this case, as with all cases of multiple murders, are unquestionably horrific, but it is precisely in such terrible situations where Canada must honour its commitment to the Constitution and the rule of law, if it wants to claim the moral authority to be a leader within the free world,” Borys commented. “The Supreme Court has admirably done that in this case.”

“Despite the incredibly tragic circumstances of this case, the court’s decision can, in one sense, be described as hopeful,” Borys added. “A key theme throughout the decision is the idea that every offender, no matter how vile — to use the court’s descriptor — still has the potential for rehabilitation, and is worthy of being given the opportunity to re-enter society as a law-abiding citizen,” he explained. “Ultimately, the court’s decision affirms that no one is beyond redemption.”

You can read the full article on The Lawyers Daily here: