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PAROLE - Eligibility

Wednesday, July 04, 2018 @ 8:47 AM  

Appeal by the offender, Simmonds, from a chambers judgment affirming the constitutional validity of judicial screening of his faint hope application in respect of parole eligibility. In 2000, the offender was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life imprisonment without eligibility for parole for 25 years in connection with a 1995 execution-style killing. Prior to 1997, a faint hope application to reduce parole ineligibility went directly to a jury for determination. Following the 1997 amendments, a preliminary judicial screening process was introduced to faint...