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Exceptional circumstances must be kept rare in reducing sentences, lawyers say

Friday, January 05, 2018 @ 1:42 PM | By Terry Davidson

The use of exceptional circumstances should rarely be “the first club out of the bag” to reduce sentences, say lawyers following a successful appeal by the Crown to lengthen a man’s jail time for stealing a gun in a break and enter.

David Milward, University of Manitoba’s Robson Hall Faculty of LawIt was late last year the Court of Appeal of Manitoba sided with prosecutors and quashed a lower court’s sentence of three months in jail for Taylor Burnett, 23.

Justice Christopher Mainella, in R. v....