Earl Jones (who I mentioned here) was sentenced yesterday to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty; he defrauded 158 clients of $50 million dollars. It's not muich when you look at the likes of Bernie Madoff, but it is a chunk of change.
The man is despicable, he found lots of his "clients" in nursing homes or he preyed on the dying or their bereaved families. He ruined is own brother fer chrissake. That's sick...
So he got eleven years. Problem is, in Canada that translates to about 22 months, what with the fact that he'll have to to 1/6th of his sentence and time already served counts double. He could be free after 22 fucking months.
His lawyer had the gall to say that it was much worse than that, that his sentence is to be alone, his family is gone, he has no friends. He is sentenced to be alone. Fuck off, his solitude is a result of his behaviour. It's his own damn fault and not part of his sentence.
The judge, on the other hand, had no choice, she was applying the law.
I can't help but wonder if this type of situation has anything to do with the fact that more and more people in Canada think the death sentence isn't such a bad idea.
Or maybe politicians want to be sure that the financial gurus, those who finance them aren't in too much of a bind if they are arrested - but that's a cynical view even by my standards.
There are more and more of these "victimless" crimes. And the perpetrators pretty much have a get out of jail free card. The whole concept of the punishment fitting the crime has been tossed straight out the window in this country.
Unless I'm the one being punished of course. In that case, lenient would definitely be the way to go. Except I'm to lazy get into a life of crime...