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Judge must be taken to task for sentencing attacker to probation

Editor: While the two letters published in The Times of Aug. 19 about the probation given to Michael Hartley-Watts for an attack on two people in Douglas Park are correct, it is not the justice system which should be brought to task. It is the judge.

Most people forget the judges in the province are hired to administer the existing laws and give out sentences which are appropriate to the crime. It is not their job to create laws, legislation does that.

The judge in this case is remiss in his or her obligation to the public. His or her  duties are clear — administer the proscribed punishment, as laid out by law.

In any other profession, dereliction of duty would lead to dismissal. That would be appropriate in this case.

Judges are not above the law, nor can they go outside of their employment contract.

Terry Brenan,

Aldergrove

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