- February 17, 2013 - 08:48
You are right. It is a joke. WE HAVE NO JUSTICE SYTEM..............AT ALL. And the so called judges that make those decisions have no intelligence at all. A rapist or indivual that sexually abused a CHILD gets a slap on the hand and a guy who baracades himself in his own home gets 4 years...........THIS IS BE A BEYOND A JOKE BUT SO IS OUR ENTIRE JUSTICE AND GOVERNMENT SYSTEM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- February 16, 2013 - 09:27
The judge says he hopes Crockwell gets something out of this process. I would take that to mean "don't f--- with the police, courts, and justice system" . His brother Bill is diplimatic when he says the courts can do little for people with mental illness. Crocker has had his house destroyed. The lawyers have wiped out his sayings, some 30,000.00? while doing did nothing for him, and won't refund his money.The justice system has locked him up for 2 years and another 2 to go. A application to see if police over reacted was not allowed by the judge until they convicted him. He was not given bail pending conviction, which people charged with murder and child rape often get. I do beleive the judge is right that Crocker has mental health issues. But the state of mind of such individuals are usually negatively affected by high and chronic stress levels. What did this stand off, and time in jail, these repeated court appearances, his loss of house and money, and now further jailtime to do lighten his mental health burden? Who is the judge trying to fool to suggest that these events in Crockers life should have a positive impact for him, or teach him a lesson? Would some medical professional comment on this? If crocker needs help for his mental health condition, this process didn't help. Just my opinion. I would add, but for the grace of God, this judge or his family don't have such serious mental conditions. I wouldn't like to see this sort of thing happen to the judge or anyone. I wonder if the judge sought guidance from medical professionals in reaching his decision? No easy job being a judge. Perhaps Crocker denial of a health problem was an issue. And admission of a health problem may have rsulted in a forced stay at a mental health institution? Perhaps Crocker's first illegal forced stay there made him choose jail as a better alternative? I think the police, and judges too, need better training on how to deal with people with mental health issues. but it seems low on the priority list. A neglected area of the Charter of Rights. In other parts of North America isn't there a group ( or a few) lawyers who routinely donate some good work without charge for such causes ? Are we missing this here? Perhaps some lawyer could comment on this? Perhaps some interested professionals can see a way that some good could come from this unfortunate, tragic event.
- February 16, 2013 - 13:41
Courthouse Watch and Anon---Right on!! I can't comment on why the police acted in such a way, or the judges decision. That's their business. However, the state of our prison system's psychiactric care and overall medical care is in absolute shambles. It is a disgrace and the subject of both investigation and supreme court critisism. No one can get respectable psychiactric help inside a Newfoundland jail. Sadest thing is....they couldn't care less, and the one who speak out lose their contracts or risk termination. A google search will tell you everything you need to know about our prison system and it's decayed state. Look up ---Three Decades of Darkness – Moving towards the Light....A must read for every Newfoundlander!!!!!!!!!
- February 16, 2013 - 08:51
Meanwhile, child rapists are getting half of this sentence. The system is a joke.