Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Supreme Court Rejects Appeal of Conservative Crime Sentencing Law

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Supreme Court Rejects Appeal of Conservative Crime Sentencing Law

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High court rejects appeal of Tory crime bill

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OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed the appeal of a convicted thief who tried to use the Conservative government's Truth in Sentencing Act to reduce his jail sentence.

It's the first time the Supreme Court has ruled on the government's controversial tough-on-crime bill, but the case likely won't be precedent-setting.

The high court was confined to a narrow issue surrounding how the law should be retroactively applied to offences committed before it came into force.

In a rare ruling from the bench today, the court dismissed the appeal of a petty criminal from Toronto who argued that he deserved greater credit for pre-trial custody.

Calvin Clarke unsuccessfully argued that even though he was formally charged after the act came into force, he deserved credit because he actually committed the offences prior to that.

The Supreme Court issued a short, verbal ruling from the bench -- a rare occurrence -- and said reasons would follow in the coming days. …

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