…on the whole that bad people are somehow the victims [“such a nice guy“] of a flawed society. In the US, however flawed one may–or may not–consider the society to be, there are people who are simply considered bad by the justice system:
Madoff pleads guilty and goes to jail in handcuffs
Prosecutors say the disgraced financier, who has spent three months under house arrest in his $7 million Manhattan penthouse, could face a maximum term of 150 years in prison at sentencing June 16…
An Ottawa bomb builder today became the first man to be sentenced under Canada’s post-9/11 laws, as a judge meted out a 10 1/2-year sentence against Mohammad Momin Khawaja, atop of the five years he has already spent jailed awaiting trial…
With virtually automatic parole after two-thirds of that 10 1/2-years (“no chance of parole for five years”). What the the prosecutors wanted:
Crown demands two life terms for Khawaja
According to the judge:
“This is not a case of a vulnerable young person being lured or beguiled into criminal misconduct in which he was not inclined to participate,” Rutherford said at sentencing.
The judge noted Khawaja showed no remorse throughout the four-month trial and had chosen not to speak at his presentencing hearing, while his family seemed oblivious to his criminal actions.
Rutherford also said Khawaja, 29, is a relatively young man with hope for rehabilitation, but added his sentence must act as a deterrent to others…
Right. Tooth fairy believers unite, you have nothing to lose but your wings.
More comparison, same plot:
British bomb plotters jailed for life
The UK has a Labour government, supposedly in many Canadian minds far to the left of the Neanderthal Harperite hordes. Go figure.
Damian adds: note that the Manitoba human-rights complaint against B’Nai Brith took about as much time to resolve as Khawaja’s case.