Letters to the Editor

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,


We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

BC Hydro rates going up 28% over five years
Election 2014: Abbotsford mayoral candidates exchange views in first debate
UPDATE: 2 confirmed dead in Marysville, Washington school shooting
Local charity joins fight against Ebola
Metro Vancouver to probe oil pipeline twinning risks
Surrey RCMP celebrates 60 years of service Sunday
High hopes commission will keep Queensborough connected to New West
Trick-or-treaters became sick after eating pot brownie
Randy Kamp reflects on Parliament Hill attack

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 23 edition online now. Browse the archives.