In 2003 the governing Liberal Party of Canada foisted a supreme injustice upon this country with the Youth Criminal Justice Act or YCJA. Many police officers in Canada think YCJA stands for You Can't Jail Adolescents, so weak was the legislation.
But count on the Supreme Court of Canada to take an already weak piece of legislation and make it weaker still. And in the case of Regina vs D.B. 2008 25 they did not disappoint.
Back when I was a young police officer we had the Juvenile Delinquents Act as our governing authority when dealing with the teenaged scumbags - oh sorry, poor little devils who weren't breast fed and or their mommies drank and their daddies deserted them and boo hoo hoo - who seem to think that the rule of law doesn't apply to them unless and until they get caught. Then they were happy to piss and moan about how hard done by they are and how it isn't their fault.
Back then, we would complain about how the JDA was so lenient on juvies and how they couldn't give a fig because nothing would happen to them. I remember a cop who used to mail a birthday card to 'frequent flyers' wishing them a Happy Birthday when they turned eighteen. Inside was a photo of a pair of handcuffs and a bullet. The implication was obvious; now that you are an adult, I'm coming to get you.
The JDA was replaced with another weak-kneed statute called the Young Offenders Act (YOA) which was later replaced with the YCJA. All of this nonsense is created by the hand-wringers who simply cannot or will not understand that some of these criminal thugs are incorigible and irreparable as human beings.
The Supremes said that we can't impose statutory reverse onus positions on the little darlings. It's unfair to treat these charming young folks as adults unless Crown can absolutely prove that the crimes committed, be it murder most horrible as occurred in case of Rena Virk or the teens involved in the senseless and most brutal killing of 13 year old Nina Courtepatte.
Much has been written about the killing of Nina Courtepatte. But what has not been said is that for several hours she was raped and tortured and for a long period of time she was badly injured and knew she was going to die. And she pleaded for her killers to finish her off. And they wouldn't. They did it slow and very painfully.
You simply cannot view the circumstances of a file like that and not come to the conclusion that those involved are evil. And evil should never see the light of day ever again.
But that will not be the case for the killers of Nina Courtepatte. The adults, such as they were, will some day be eligible for parole. The juveniles will be free in far too short a period of time. And Nina, unfortunately, will be forgotten.
And the Supreme Court of Canada decided that the legislation that protected the people instrumental in the murder of little Nina Courtepatte are being unfairly done by politicians who haven't a clue about the real problems in this country.
If the Supreme Court of Canada had any conscience or morals, they would be ashamed of themselves for not doing the right thing.
And if my Aunt had balls she would be my Uncle.