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Toronto legal clinic launches challenge to mandatory minimum sentence

Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 10:39 AM | By Ian Burns

Toronto’s Aboriginal Legal Services (ALS) has launched a Charter challenge to a mandatory minimum sentence for a First Nations woman who pleaded guilty to importing cocaine, arguing the sentence violates protections against cruel and unusual punishment.

Jonathan Rudin, Aboriginal Legal ServicesProgram director Jonathan Rudin said ALS is in the process of arguing two Charter challenges — one, that the provision of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act calling for a mandatory minimum sentence of two years violates s. 12 of the Charter, which prohibits cruel and unusual...