Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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NAT001 - (Parole-Ineligibility-Challenge) CALGARY. x-21s. Legal experts say a sentencing provision that can keep killers in prison for the rest of their lives is likely to make its way to the Supreme Court of Canada. The federal government enacted legislation in 2011 that allows a judge to order a multiple murderer to serve consecutive periods of parole ineligibility for each offence. The most recent case was Derek Saretzky, who was sentenced in August for three murders in southwestern Alberta, and isn't eligible for parole for 75 years. His lawyer Balfour Der says this kind of case should end up at the Supreme Court. ("..make it crushing.") (SOURCE:The Canadian Press)

TAG: The sentencing provision has only been used six times.

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NAT002 - (Parole-Ineligibility-Challenge) CALGARY. x-19s. A sentencing provision that can keep killers in prison for the rest of their lives will likely end up at the Supreme Court of Canada, according to some legal experts. A judge can order multiple murderers to serve consecutive periods of parole ineligibility for each offence. Derek Saretzky, who was sentenced in August for three murders in southwestern Alberta, isn't eligible for parole for 75 years. University of Calgary law professor Lisa Silver says there's a case to be made at the Supreme Court. ("..in the past.") (SOURCE:The Canadian Press)

TAG: Veteran Calgary defence lawyer Alain Hepner says the federal government may decide to take a second look at the legislation and examine whether it is fair.

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NAT003 - (Parole-Ineligibility-Challenge) CALGARY. x-14s. Some legal officials think the Supreme Court of Canada may end up hearing arguments that a sentencing provision allowing consecutive terms of parole ineligibility is unconstitutional. A judge can order multiple murderers to serve consecutive periods of parole ineligibility for each offence. Derek Saretzky, sentenced in August for three murders in southwestern Alberta, won't be eligible for parole for 75 years. Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley says the provision isn't used a lot, but it does have value. ("..deterrent effect.") (SOURCE:The Canadian Press)

TAG: Saretzky's lawyer says the sentencing provision amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. …

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