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2010 - July 6 - Canada's MP's pass Bill tightening pardon procedures
Karla Homolka aka Teale has been out of prison for 5 years after
serving 12 for the horiffic and brutal murders of Leslie Mahaffy
and Kristen French. Homolka didn't serve time for the murder of
her own sister Tammy Homolka. Homolka was eligible to apply
for pardon as of July 2010.
Under the new Bill passed by Canadian MP's, Karla Homolka will be ineligible
to recieve a pardon. She can apply for one, but the National Parole Board will
be expected to deny a pardon if it would severely damage the reputation of the
justice system. When the bill becomes law, this part of the bill would effectively
deny Homolka from ever being pardoned for her crimes.
The Bill still has to be passed by the Senate. It extends the time period that a
person convicted of a serious personal injury offence, including manslaughter,
violent assault, and sexual assault, has to wait before applying for a pardon.
ATTORNEY & FAMILY REACTION
Tim Danson (Attorney for French & Mahaffy families) "Federal politicians should
be applauded for their agreement, which will spare the victims' families
from seeing the convicted killer get a parole she does not deserve.
"Certainly, we have to applaud the politicians -- that doesn't happen very
often -- that they did act, reached a consensus so that she cannot apply
for a pardon in a few weeks."
"One of the criteria for the National Parole Board is that you can't give a
pardon that could bring the administration of justice into disrepute. So,
I think from a practical point of view, she will never get a pardon. But to
be clear, she will be able to apply, because she was convcited of
manslaughter and not any sexual offenses, despite the nature of the
murders she was involved in.
Despite its benefits, the timing of the deal is especially hard on the
Mahaffy family, whose daughter was killed 19 years ago Thursday.
"Here they are, mourning another anniversary of the death of their daughter
and listening to the word 'pardon' and 'Karla Homolka' in the same breath,
it's very, very difficult for them. For both families, it will always be forever
difficult to come to grips with the loss that they've endured. It does nothing
but bring them anguish and despair."
Donna French (mother of Kirsten French) "From a victim's perspective, a pardon
means you are forgiven for doing this horrific crime, and that is totally
inappropriate and totally unjust. It's very offensive. A pardon implies
there is forgiveness there. They have shown no remorse whatsoever,
so how can you forgive?" I will never forgive Homolka and Paul
Bernardo, for the abduction, rape and murder of my daughter, I don't
think society should either. Some people seeking pardons may have
genuinely become good citizens, but the term "pardon" should not
apply to Homolka's crimes."