About what I expected

In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups…


I haven’t been to my mailbox in a few days, but I expect there’s a letter waiting for me there that’s identical to the one Dr. Dawg received yesterday.  That is, a letter from Regional Crown Counsel Grant B. Wong, responding to concerns about the slap-on-the-wrist sentence of convicted rapist Fernando Manuel Alves, and asking the Crown to consider appealing the sentence.  The Crown’s response is basically “It’s a done deal — fuck off”.

The Crown’s refusal to even consider appealing Alves’ sentence doesn’t surprise me at all; I would have been far more surprised if they’d agreed to appeal.  A deal’s a deal, after all.

Yep, it stinks.  But the sentence Alves was gifted with has nothing to do with misogyny, or crimes against women not being taken seriously, or rape victims being thrown under the bus because the other principals involved — the perp, the lawyers, the judge — were all men.

It’s about freedom as a commodity like wheat or sugar or porkbellies or cocaine;  it’s negotiated, traded and bartered, bought and sold, with mundane regularity.  Someone knowledgeable about such things once told me that’s the way the criminal justice system works in Vancouver, and cases like this one give me no reason to disbelieve him.

The best that can be done is to go on the defensive and watch out for creeps like this.  (Yeah right, and hire a drink tester for those occasions when you want to go to the bar and have a drink unscathed like all the other humans.)

6 Responses to “About what I expected”

  1. 1 fern hill Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Dr. Dawg and I are still working this.

    Someone familiar with the prosecution side of things explained to me that because this sentence was in provincial court, it won’t have much bang as precedent for other scumbags’ pleadings. Had it been appealed and the appeal failed at a higher level, the failure would have had more impact as precedent for other scumbags.


    It still stinks.

  2. 3 Mike Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Even for our justice system, this really stinks. He should have been caught with some pot…hell, they’d have thrown the book at him.

    Or not.

    I suspect this behaviour indicates Mr. Alves was or currently still is an asset of the Crown and the police out in BC. He knows things, people or is involved in some kind of organized crime so the Crown is choosing to overlook his recurring habit of slipping women a ruffi-colada then raping them in their sleep.

    So if Alves turns up dead, I’m sure it will be because of the mob.

    Or maybe the next woman he tries to pull this on will have a hunting knife and gut the fucker like a fish (sorry, I’m looking at my daughter while I type this).

    We can only hope that if Alves won’t be brought to justice through the courts, it will be served to him via alternate means. Call it karma…

  3. 4 Dr. Prole Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Ugh. Yah, I didn’t expect much either but it was worth a shot. Watch your backs, girls.

    And, what Mike said.

  4. 5 JJ Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Mike – It had occurred to me that he might be valuable to the crown for some other reason, but if that’s the case, this weirdly lenient sentence will raise red flags. (So yeah, if that’s the case then watch for him to be in the news again at some point, like when they pull him out of the trunk of an abandoned car parked at the side of the Sea to Sky Highway.)

    (A little Beretta .22 short would be perfect for a young lady needing to self-defend.)

  5. 6 JJ Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Dr.Prole – Yeah it was worth a try. It would be unusual but this type of appeal has happened.

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