Trump's record called into question after RNC speech. Trump's record called into question. The Ontario law, which survived its own constitutional challenge, was enacted in response to the public outcry that followed the abduction, sexual assault and murder of year-old Christopher Stephenson by a repeat sex offender.
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Listen and subscribe to get a daily fix on the latest political news and issues. A daily politics podcast. In rejecting arguments the punishment of a lifetime registration is too harsh for the offences, the Appeal Court sided with the government that the effect of registration on an offender's liberty is "modest.
A weekly politics podcast. On initial appeal, Long argued the Criminal Code provision requiring he register as a sex offender for life was arbitrary, too sweeping, and grossly disproportionate. Long, backed by the Criminal Lawyers Association, turned to the province's top court, which agreed to hear the case with the government's blessing.
Although he has often been arrested and convicted, he has been little deterred by sentences as short as a few months. A conviction for the serial sexual abuse of 13 boys, two of whom later took their own lives, netted a sentence of only four and a half years — about four months per boy. Not everyone on this side of the border agrees with singling offenders out, saying the changes may do more harm than good.
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