Judge tosses mandatory minimum sentences in two firearms cases

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Not all gun crimes that trigger mandatory minimum sentences should result in hard time for offenders, a NWT judge ruled Feb. 14. The decision, made by NWT Supreme Court Justice Louise Charbonneau, comes after two NWT men, Tony Howard Kakfwi and Corey Cardinal, launched constitutional challenges against a portion of Canada’s Criminal Code that requires...
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Brendan Burke
As the Yellowknifer’s crime reporter, it’s my job to keep readers up to speed on all-things “cops and courts” related. From house fires and homicides to courtroom clashes, it’s my responsibility to be there - day or night, rain or shine. When I’m not at court gathering stories, I’m in the office, making calls to lawyers, emailing RCMP and tracking down sources. After hours, I rely on the public to let me know what’s happening and where. Entering my second winter in Yellowknife since leaving my hometown of Peterborough, Ont., in October 2017, everyday on this beat continues to be challenging, rewarding and fulfilling. Got a story? Call me at (867) 766-8288 or shoot me an email at editorial@nnsl.com.