Wednesday, 9 September 2009
Yesterday, I got the very same reply to my letter to the BC Crown as Dr Dawg did.
The no-jail sentence for convicted rapist Fernando Manuel Alves will not be appealed.
To recap: he was convicted, he has been put on the sex offenders registry, but, for reasons that the Crown is 'not at liberty to disclose', the judge, Gregory Rideout, decided Alves should walk.
Why is the public -- and most vitally, the victim -- denied the facts, arguments, and precedents that Mr Rideout based his decision on?
Commenters at Dr Dawg's have suggested that records can be obtained by ordering and paying for them. If so, why didn't the letter(s) from the Crown inform us of that possibility?
There's something fishy here. I have sent out an inquiry to a knowledgeable acquaintance to see what we might do to obtain the facts in the matter.