The Conservative government has absorbed several defeats at the hands of the Supreme Court of Canada, including many in the area of justice. Here are the five latest big losses for the Harper government.
R v. Summers, April 11: Under the Truth in Sentencing Act, the government tried to stop judges from routinely giving extra credit to offenders for the time they serve in custody before sentencing.
Ruling: 7-0 that judges have discretion under the act to routinely give 1.5 days credit for every day served.
R v. Whaling, March 20: The government (Justice Minister Peter MacKay pictured above) took away access to early parole from non-violent, first-time federal offenders, including those already sentenced.
Ruling: 8-0 that the law must not be applied retroactively.
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