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article imageOp-Ed: British Columbia Takes Action Against Polygamists, Finally

By James Raider     Jan 7, 2009 in Politics
British Columbia has finally been embarrassed into prosecuting polygamists Winston Blackmore and James Oler, after twenty years of watching. Unfortunately, Wally Opal, the B.C. Attorney General, is taking a road to nowhere with his charges of polygamy.
Defense lawyers will be able to hide in the skirts of religion, and even if the charges stick and the accused find themselves on the wrong end of a conviction, the chances for imposition of serious sentences will be minimal to non-existent. These are B.C. courts, and B.C. is at last observation, still part of Canada, where sentencing guidelines are hard to find. Such is the case because the Canadian judicial system is built on the principle that criminals can be rehabilitated and should be kept out of jail. Lax, almost non-existent sentencing guidelines, allow judges ample latitude for personal and subjective decision making. The tendency, however, is to favor minimal or nominal sentences generally.
There are apparently other charges that could be laid on these wealthy owners of Bountiful, but Opal has chosen a easy route on his way to appearing to act. He should have charged Blackmore long ago if for no other reason than to keep him and his actions in the limelight. As it is, Blackmore has been able to produce about 125 children of his own, by his count, with about 23 wives, but who’s counting. Stay tuned.
James Raider writes The Pacific Gate Post
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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