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  • 24 August 2017 Mount Royal University - Dr John H Garden Memorial Park

    On the 5th Anniversary of Brian's untimely death, on Thursday, 24th August 2017, Ron and I attended the Dr. John H Garden Memorial Park at Mount Royal University, along with Brian's sister, Heather, his Uncle Scott and Aunt Laraine Andrew and Brian's lifelong best friend, Rodney Jenkins, to dedicate the perpetual bursary endowment set up in his name. Brian's name is added to the memorial wall in this park. Pictured is the memorial card that will be given to each student who will be the recipient of the yearly bursaries. Also pictured is a complete list of the 134 honorees whose families and friends set up similar endowments in the past.

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  • Misdemeanor Murders

    Misdemeanor Murders

    “In politics stupidity is not a handicap.” Napoleon Bonaparte

    ‘Misdemeanor Murder’ is a term used in a derogatory fashion when referring to certain types of murders. Rather than a legal designation, it is an ideological concept pertaining to certain types of murders that humanize the criminal and demonize the victim within the criminal justice system. This term is quite often used by the media or persons working in law enforcement trying to downplay the importance (or in these cases, the lack of importance) to these non-consequential murders. Another appropriate name for this type of murder would be ‘Conditional Murder”. There are many conditions such as ‘depending on’s or ‘subject to’s attached to this type of crime.

    The definition of misdemeanor is any crime less serious than a felony. Misdemeanors are generally punished less severely. Sometime only with monetary fines.1 An example of a misdemeanor crime is first-time DUI perpetrators who are usually given a fine of $1000 – 1500 fine and a suspended license. First time DUI offenders do not get jail time.

    In some commonwealth countries, the misdemeanor/felony terminology is no longer used. Instead these two types of crimes are distinguished by different dialogue: they are called summary offences and indictable offences.

    In Canada misdemeanor crimes (summary offences) are considered to be crimes that are given no and/or small jail sentences; felonies (indictable offences) are the only crimes considered to be crimes worthy of high jail sentences.

    The murder of our son, Brian Ludwig, was one of these Misdemeanor Murders. We were told bluntly by a police Detective that Brian’s murder was not a high profile enough murder in the media which in turn affected the Crown Prosecutors office. There was not enough glory attached to Brian’s murder to motivate the Crown to keep its check-book open. Therefore, the budget for continuing the investigation of Brian’s murder had been depleted. In July of 2014, the Crown Prosecutor suggested to us this was the case and it was the Crown Prosecutor who made the decision to stay the charges. In October 2014, the Detective told us he had no more authorization for funds to continue with the investigation and he doubted that he get any more funds approved.

    The commentary from the Crown Prosecutor that “we need someone to come forward with a video” makes more sense when viewed through the eyes of a government department watching the bottom line. They know someone was videoing the scenario. That person never came forward and there were no more funds to continue to find that person.

    The money well had run dry.

    Misdemeanor murders are treated with dis-respect by all members of the law enforcement and media establishment. Brian’s murder along with thousands of other ‘lesser’ murders needs to be talked about, told and re-told. He needs to be treated better than the way he was treated in the early morning hours of the 26th August 2012. He deserves respect, not disdain; honor not abhorrence; belief not agnosticism.

    He was treated like a piece of garbage that morning by a group of five men. All friends. The most inhumane thing a man can do to another man is to kill him.

    Brian has also been treated with disdain by the Canadian Judicial system. There are two sides to every story and so far, in the Canadian Judicial system, it is one-sided and very bigoted in favor of the criminal. The Judicial system is not mandated to tell the 'other side’ of the story (that of the criminal’s victim.) And yet without the other side, these law enforcement people would be out of a job. They are hypocrites.

    The following types of murders are in this category called ‘Misdemeanor’ murders, but not necessarily restricted to it. By that I mean that there are exceptions whereby the police, crown prosecutors (district attorneys in the USA) and judiciary do take some of these murders much more seriously. The One-Punch Homicides that are treated more seriously are accompanied by another indictable offense. However, those particular cases are few and far between. In all of the following examples, jail sentences are very light (from 4 months to 2 years less a day) or none at all.

    1. Murder of Prostitutes – this group includes all ethnicity groups and skin color. This group includes the murder of indigenous women;

    2. Murder of a wife by her husband – this group of murdered women are always categorized under ‘domestic’ abuse;

    3. One-Punch Homicides; special note here - when a woman is punched in the head by her husband and dies, this is very rarely called a ‘one-punch homicide’; this murder is always characterized as ‘domestic’ violence;

    4. Murders committed while under the influence of alcohol or drugs;2

    5. Regular vehicular homicide;

    6. Criminally Negligent Homicide; Example: on January 29, 2014 in Springfield, OR., Gerald Strebendt shot and killed 53-year-old David Paul Crofut, during an altercation following a traffic collision between the two drivers' vehicles. He was initially charged with murder, but the charges were later dropped to Criminally Negligent homicide;

    7. Murders committed AGAINST drug addicts or alcoholics;

    8. Murders committed AGAINST homeless people;

    9. Infanticide. Two dozen nations have decreased penalties for mothers who kill their baby before the age of one year.

    These are the forgotten people; the throw-away people.

    Another example of a ‘Misdemeanor Murder’, Ottawa, ON, Canada: Beginning at 2:53 AM on the 25th June 2006 an outdoor video surveillance camera captured the final 2 minutes and 45 seconds of the life of 18 year old Timothy Andrew Wojna from the moment he encountered 3 verbally abusive men on an Ottawa sidewalk to the moment when the coward, Mohammad Jihad Tabbara, punched him on the back of his head. In the video, Timothy Wojna resembled a rag doll just before he hit the pavement. Wojna died about an hour later in the hospital.

    This attack was an unprovoked attack by 21 year old Mohammed Jihad Tabbara, aided by 2 of his friends. For this terrible crime, Jihad Tabbara received a jail sentence of 2 years less 6 days.7

    In June 2014, a 17 year old killed 59 year old Ildefonso Romero 3 with one-punch outside the man's Bronx home. The 17 year old received a five-month sentence.

    In the states of Florida, Louisiana and Texas, law enforcement officials actually use the term ‘Misdemeanor Murder’ in a derogatory way when referring to certain types of murders. In Texas, the Dallas Morning News found that at least 120 times from 2000 through 2006, in murder trials, probation was given instead of a jail sentence. In Dallas County twice as many murderers were put on probation as were sent to death row. Most of these murder-probations are given to minorities who murder minorities, especially when the victim had engaged in illegal or immoral activity and when the victim has no relatives or friends. Defense lawyers are able to reduce sympathy for the victim.1 New Orleans is often accused of institutionalized "misdemeanor murder”. In Louisiana, there is an article 701 in the criminal code that effectively through incompetence of their judiciary, results in 60 day sentences for people charged with murder. These are a “Misdemeanor” murders. They actually call them that. In New Orleans, they also call them ’60 day’ murders.

    One of the identifying characteristics of a Misdemeanor Murder is the lack of sympathy for the murder victim within the media, the police forces and the crown prosecutors’ offices (District Attorney in the USA). For example, “in a 2001 article, the St. Petersburg Times reported a drifter convicted of murder fifteen years ago had his conviction overturned. The reporter refers to the original case as the kind lawyers call a "misdemeanor murder" due to lack of sympathy for the victim who was a teenage crack addict and prostitute”. 2

    Another identifying characteristic is the attachment of blame to the murder victim who in the opinion of the media/law enforcement/judiciary was a participant in their own death. A classic example of this is the One-Punch homicide of 58 year old Donald Greg Foran4 outside a Taco Bell in Calgary, AB in 2009 when he was approached by a homeless man (Christopher Thomas Guthrie) asking for money. Mr. Foran refused, said something to the assailant and was punched once in the face, falling and hitting his head on the pavement. Mr. Foran scolding Guthrie for begging is not an excuse to treat this murder like it was a lesser criminal act.

    I see two problems when dealing with all crimes in our judicial system. One is the definition of murder and the second is priorities with which jail time is meted out for crimes.

    A. Definition of murder in jurisdictions around the globe:

    The definition and understanding of murder around the globe is literally all over the spectrum. It ranges from the abstract to the harebrained.

    The Online-dictionary definition is “The killing of another human being under conditions specifically covered in law.” (Conditions Attached.)

    Merriam-Webster Definition: “the crime of unlawfully killing a person especially with malice aforethought”. (Conditions Attached.)

    Wikipedia says: “Murder is the unlawful killing of another human without justification or valid excuse, (is this not a harebrained statement – does anyone need a valid excuse to kill?) especially the unlawful killing of another human being with malice aforethought. This state of mind may, depending upon the jurisdiction, distinguish murder from other forms of unlawful homicide, such as manslaughter. Manslaughter is a killing committed in the absence of malice, brought about by reasonable provocation, or diminished capacity. Involuntary manslaughter, where it is recognized, is a killing that lacks all but the most attenuated guilty intent (mens rea), recklessness.” (Conditions Attached.)

    Murder is further defined by country. For example in the U.S., special statutory definitions include murder committed with malice aforethought, characterized by deliberation or premeditation or occurring during the commission of another serious crime. (Conditions Attached.)

    In Finland, murder is defined as homicide with at least one of four aggravating factors: The following conditions are attached.

    1. Deliberate intent

    2. Exceptional brutality or cruelty

    3. Significantly endangering public safety

    4. Committed against a public official engaged in enforcing the law.5

    Other countries also have their peculiar definition of what constitutes murder. In Pakistan, honor killings are not considered murder. (Harebrained).

    If only certain killings of one human by another is considered murder, where does that leave the majority of human-based killing?

    B. Priorities of what constitutes a crime worthy of jail time:

    There are many non-violent crimes committed by offenders who receive jail sentences – in many cases long ones – who shouldn’t go to jail. Some of those are 1.) Blackmail/embezzlement/bribery/extortion; 2.) burglary/robbery/theft; 3.) false pretenses/fraud; larceny; 4.) possession of stolen property or drugs; 5.) tax evasion; 6.) bigamy.

    Obviously, some of the above mentioned crimes do entail violence and this would place them in a different category. For example, the recent riots in the United States whereby the protesters burned and trashed cars, broke windows in stores, etc. places these crimes in the violent category.

    Perhaps better punishment for non-violent crimes is to not put them in jail whereby they cannot work, but to give them sentences that hit them in the pocket book. Make them pay back to their victims that which they either stole or destroyed. Perhaps, house arrest and or ankle bracelets. Also, perhaps some form of community work in line with the length of the jail sentence that they would have received. I think a famous example of this is Martha Stewart. She should never have received jail time. In Mexico, men who don’t pay their child support actually go to jail. Where is the logic to this? How can they work when in jail?

    Reserve the jail space for offenders who commit rape, assault, murder, arson, cruelty towards animals, armed robbery, kidnapping, assassination, false imprisonment, human trafficking. All violent crimes.

    That is just my suggestion.

    Nothing is going to change until we redefine ‘murder’ in our societies all around the globe and take all murders seriously. Shooting someone over a traffic argument is reckless murder. Strangling a prostitute because she asks you for money is reckless murder. Punching a defenceless person in the back of the head is reckless murder. Australia has made giant steps to recognize that One-Punch Homicides need to be separated from this mass of lesser murders and dealt with accordingly.

    I would wager a bet that if some of the individuals who work in law enforcement, crown prosecutors (district attorneys in the USA) and judiciary suffered the murder of a child by an action that is considered a misdemeanor, they would change their ideology very quickly.

    By simply slapping these criminals on the wrist and letting them off, we are not teaching them to take responsibility for their actions.

    In closing, I am going to use another example. In 1989, Canadian Olympic gold-medalist swimmer, Victor Davis, was run down by Glen Crossley outside a Montreal night club. He and Victor Davis had a disagreement earlier inside the night club. Crossley went outside and waited for Davis to appear. When Davis was in the middle of the road, Crossley ran him down with his vehicle and then left the scene of the crime. Crossley received 10 months for this murder, of which he served only 4. 27 years later, in September 2016, Crossley pushed a 70-year old grandfather down some stairs in a bar in La Salle, Quebec killing him and is back before the court, charged with manslaughter – again. Crossley has shown no responsibility for his first murder and now has murdered again.

    I knew Victor Davis. The last time I saw him was about 1985 at one of the last swim meets he swam at professionally. He was a very exciting Olympian. What a waste of a beautiful life. His death is another example of a ‘Misdemeanor Murder’.

    Men who kill another human being for any reason whatsoever, are a very big problem. This problem is an epidemic – casually punching people in the head – and needs to be addressed.

    I am not pretending to have all the answers. Actually, I have probably none of the answers. But I think the blood of these senseless murders are on the hands of all of those of you who work in law enforcement, crown prosecutors (district attorneys in the USA) and judiciary.

    This topic is such a complex one, a book could pro ably be written on the subject. I am only hoping to bring some awareness to the general public on behalf of the people who have suffered from one of these Misdemeanor Murders.

    Author: Angela Ludwig

    February 2017

    1 Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misdemeanor

    2 http://donotpassgeaux.blogspot.mx/2007/04/misdemeanor-murder.html

    3 https://thebronxchronicle.com/2014/12/22/klein-sepulveda-unveil-ildefonso-romeros-law-2/

    4 http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/single-punch-assault-charge-raised-to-manslaughter-1.812299

    5 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_(Finnish_law)

    6 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misdemeanor_murder

    7 https://www.scribd.com/document/34771316/Decision-to-sentence-Mohammad-Jihad-Tabbara-to-2-years-less-a-day-for-manslaughter

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  • Homicide Grief

    Homicide grief is like no other. It is like a living death to the survivors of the murdered love one. It is the beginning of a life-long sorrow that does not get better with time. The survivor trudges on, one foot in front of the other one as if your feet had hundred-pound weights attached to them, scarred forever by the incomprehensible loss and injustice of the murder. The ‘why’ will never be answered because there is no justification for murder.

    The mental and physiological torture begins with experiences that individuals associate with war; the atrocity of the sudden death; watching him go into medical distress; staring on in disbelief as the ambulance loads his barely deceased body into the ambulance; in the emergency room, seeing him on a gurney attached to a heart machine that is flat-lining; emergency personnel trying to revive an already dead body; all the while saying ‘no-way’ is this happening.

    This mental torture is compounded ten-fold if that loved one is your child.

    Realization, if it comes, comes very slowly. So far, I am 4 years, 4 months into my living hell and I am still suffering uncontrollable periods of grief and disbelief; anxiety attacks. Sometimes I feel like I have ADHD. I have spoken to several parents and siblings who have lost their sons/brothers to a “one-punch homicide” and they have told me 8, 12 years after the death of their loved one, they still cannot comprehend the senseless and violent death.

    Rhetoric surrounding homicide from bureaucratic public officials and the main-stream media with their boiler-plate comments, and the public themselves invokes to the survivor of a murdered child that nobody cares, nobody understands the true loss. Why would you? You have never been through it. And yet, as I write this, there are thousands of people world-wide, going through exactly this – the murder of a child.

    When homicides get attention, it tends to be the sensational ones; mass shootings, celebrity murders; the murders of small children; terrorist attacks; not the regular people who do most of the dying to senseless murders. They are the true ‘throw-way’ people which diminish their standing as innocent victims. The innocent victims are the ones like Brian, killed outside a drinking establishment after an argument ended; the prostitute murdered by a John; the wife murdered by her husband in a ‘domestic’ dispute; the aboriginal girl who is hitch hiking along some dark highway and forever disappears; the two year old child whose stepfather beats her to death because she was screaming; our criminal justice system places the blame equally on them for their deaths as they do the murderer.

    As if they somehow had a hand in their own murder – so to speak.

    We were actually told by a public official that Brian’s murder was not a high profile murder case in the media’s eyes and therefore, it would not get investigation or attention from the prosecutor’s office like a more sensational murder would.

    I am serious.

    Am I angry? Naturally; so too should you be. This could be you some day.

    Henceforth, the lenient jail sentences on those criminals (if they get caught). Our criminal Justice system is like the schoolyard bully. It overcompensates to criminals when it comes to small crimes such as theft, etc. by giving them large jail sentences that does not fit the crime; however, it acts like a coward when it comes to murder – often giving murderers light jail sentences. Two years less a day for example for the murder of Chris Ball in 2012.

    We are lacking an effective, criminal justice system run by bureaucrats who lack in common sense. Public indifference to this makes it worse.

    It is also this apathy, which breeds stress in the survivors of murdered children.

    About 6 months after Brian was murdered, I died one night. I went to bed in a terrible state. Sometime during the night, I seemed to go down a long dark tunnel that had a bright, white light at the end of it. As I got closer to the white light, I saw Brian to my right. He was yelling at me to “Go back Mom. Don’t come here”. I remember very vividly saying to him “if this is where you are, I want to be there also.” He yelled back to me “no, no, Mom, you do not want to be here. Go back. Go back.” After a couple of more exchanges with him, I receded back away from the bright white light.

    I believe that was the night I suffered the heart attack. I never felt the heart attack, but during routine testing last year, the doctor told me that I had very recently suffered a heart attack. They also could find no biological reasons for it.

    There is such a thing as a broken heart.

    Another fall-out of his murder is the recurring dreams (no they are not nightmares – I lived that already). In these dreams, Brian is always older, he is always sick, I try to heal him, I tell him that if he doesn’t do what I tell him he will die; he argues with me that he doesn’t have to listen to me anymore because he is a grown man so he ignores my advice.

    And of course, he always dies.

    My son was murdered. Period. I am tired of the bleeding heart liberals out there who keep blending murder victims and their murderers into one indistinguishable mass. All these throw-way murder victims started life as somebody’s baby.

    Author; Angela Ludwig;

    December 31, 2016.

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  • When Murder is Job Hazard

    When a Murder is a Job Hazard:

    3rd March 2016

    On the 21st July 2014, Ron, Heather and I had a meeting with Deputy Assistant Crown Prosecutor (DACP) about his decision to stay the charges against Brian’s killer. At that time he asked me not to quote him or use his name – therefore the (DACP) acronym. Clearly this is wrong; it is not transparent; he is a public figure; his six-figured salary is paid for by the taxpayers of Canada (as of this writing, I don’t know what it is because there has been an injunction placed on revealing the salaries of all Crown Prosecutors in Alberta) 2; he acts in the public arena (our court system); and he speaks publicly to main stream media.

    He requested this because on the 27th June 2014 I wrote and published:

    Around 9:00 AM Friday, June 27th, 2014 (DACP) fired a scud missile into the Ludwig Camp.

    He called to inform us that the Crown was going to drop (stay) the charges against the man who threw the deadly punch to the back of Brian Ludwig's head in the early morning hours of the 26th August 2012 outside Swig's Pub, knocking him semi-conscious. Brian had been involved in a disagreement with this man’s friend that had ended and he was walking away when the accused threw a 'cheap shot' to the back left side of his head according to two witnesses at the preliminary hearing in April of this year.

    As Brian lay on the parking lot pavement, with his eyes fluttering, moaning and in cardiac arrest, this man and two of his cohorts stood over him screaming "you got what you deserved you f$@#&^*g a$@#&^*e". These 3 got into 2 vehicles and fled the scene of the crime.

    The (DACP) told us that the Crown was 'staying' the charges because of the contradicting testimony of his two prime witnesses at the preliminary hearing in April of this year. This contradiction is problematic, he said, and if this case were to proceed to trial, in all likelihood will not result in a conviction for the accused. He also said that there were at least 20 other people milling around who witnessed the crime but have not volunteered to come forward to testify. He also said in the event that one or more of these witnesses come forward, then the case will be re-opened. If not, within one year, the charges will be dropped entirely.

    The cost to take this to trial is very high and according to the (DACP), he thinks they don't stand a good chance of a conviction because of contradicting testimony. I should mention here that it is not the official duty of the (DACP) to win a conviction as the he stated to me.

    Crown Prosecutors are agents of the Attorney General. They are the “local embodiment of the Attorney General’s discretionary prosecutorial powers.” The general role of Crown prosecutors is described in the statement of Rand J. in Boucher v. The Queen: It cannot be over-emphasized that the purpose of a criminal prosecution is not to obtain a conviction; it is to lay before a jury what the Crown considers to be credible evidence relevant to what is alleged to be a crime. Counsel have a duty to see that all available legal proof of the facts is presented: it should be done firmly and pressed to its legitimate strength but it must also be done fairly. The role of prosecutor excludes any notion of winning or losing; his function is a matter of public duty than which in civil life there can be none charged with greater personal responsibility. It is to be efficiently performed with an ingrained sense of the dignity, the seriousness and the justness of judicial proceedings.1

    The (DACP) told us that he thought he had a 66 % of success in a court of law to obtain a conviction (which in a criminal court case is too low) yet the Crown’s own literature says “the purpose of a criminal prosecution is not to obtain a conviction; the role of prosecutor excludes any notion of winning or losing”. So which is it?

    Not being transparent and honest only breeds mis-information and contempt.

    There is an entrenched discrimination within our Canadian legal system towards One Punch Homicides. The jurisprudents (the judges and all attorneys) who work within the legal system can't seem to make an assessment of what category a One Punch Homicide falls into. They repeatedly ask the question 'is it a near accident or a near murder?' An example of this is the judge who presided at the preliminary hearing in April. At one point during the proceedings she referred to the 'One Punch Homicide' of Brian Ludwig as an accident. It baffles me how a punch to the head that causes a death can be deemed an 'accident'.

    What enables this type of thinking within the walls of the Canadian legal system? Many of these "One Punch Homicides' occur at or near a drinking establishment. Quite often, both the killer and the deceased are drunk. And there is a tendency to partially blame the victim for his own death.

    Because of this underlying discrimination, these learned people seem to place the manslaughter charge that is inevitably levied against the One Punch Homicide crime at the bottom end of the manslaughter scale. This manifests itself in several ways. First, sometimes a very light prison sentence is levied - example, two years less a day. Sometimes only house arrest is given to the perpetrator; sometimes time served; and sometimes, as in this case charges are dropped because of a technicality and the cost of a trial is very high.

    Says the (DACP) “too bad we don’t have a video of the crime.”

    It is every Canadian citizen's basic right to face your attacker in a court of law. However, that courtesy is not going to be extended to us.

    The end result of this 'stay' is that one man is walking away as an innocent man, unencumbered to enjoy the rest of his life.

    Innocent men are put in jail wrongly; the antithesis to that is that guilty men walk free.

    Brian Ludwig got to only live one-half a life.

    Ron, Heather, Mikita, Phoenix, Karen and I have been given a life sentence.

    The story continues:

    About 1:15 on the same day (27th June 2014) I received a phone call from Daryl Slade of the Calgary Herald. He opened this interview with “yesterday afternoon, (which was Thursday June 26th 2014) the (DACP) called me to tell me that he was going to ‘stay’ the charges against the killer of your son. What are your comments on this development?”

    I will let this piece of information sink in.

    You are right – the (DACP) called the newspaper a day BEFORE he called any of the family members to notify us of his decision to cancel the manslaughter charges. The newspapers were much more important to the (DACP) than were the family of the decedent Brian Ludwig. This (DACP) cared absolutely nothing for the victim; the case for him was a stepping stone. He did tell us that this was a big case for him. The fact that a man had to die in order for him to advance his career seemed peripheral to him – he has been promoted to Assistant Chief Crown.

    You know – sort of like a ‘job hazard’.

    Another example of the sickness that is pervasive within the criminal legal system in Canada is ‘secrecy’. There is way too much secrecy and hidden agendas within our criminal legal system. Other than youth trials and/or perhaps rape trials (if the victim requests it) all other trials should be open to the public (as they are for attendance) and should not be closed from publication. This is a direct assault on Freedom of Speech. Our court system should not be involved in censorship that involves ‘freedom of speech.’ As for the (DACP) requesting anonymity, he is sparing in a public forum, he/she has no right to be anonymous.

    At the present time, the jurisprudents who are operating our criminal legal system are answerable only to the criminals; the victims are shut out.

    We need to bring the humanity back into an inhumane system.

    Author: Angela Ludwig

    1 March 2017 Republished

    Sources:

    1 Alberta Justice System: https://justice.alberta.ca/programs_services/criminal_pros/crown_prosecutor/Pages/code_of_conduct.aspx

    2 Crown Prosecutors salaries

    http://globalnews.ca/news/1121921/albertas-sunshine-list-released-minus-crown-prosecutor-info/

    http://www.canadianlawlist.com/listingdetail/company/crown-prosecutors-office-677723/

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  • Jail Time Does Prevent Violent Crimes:

    Our criminal justice system in Canada is a joke.

    My son – Brian Ludwig – was murdered on the 26 August 2012. He was the victim of a One Punch Homicide. His killer hit him from behind. His killer walked away a free man.

    I know the argument for not putting people in jail is that “jail time does not prevent crimes”.

    Hog-wash!

    Sometime prior to him killing Brian, he had been before the Canadian criminal courts on an “assault charge”. This charge was dropped. Had the Canadian criminal legal system done their job the way they are paid to do so, he would have been in jail and Brian would be alive today.

    You understand that right – Brian would still be alive today.

    He spent one week in jail for Brian’s murder before he was let out on $3000 bail. One of the bail conditions was that he refrains from using drugs and alcohol and that he not attend away from bars (drinking establishments). In March 2013, he was arrested at the corner of 18 Street and Queensland Drive (Calgary) in his vehicle and charged with “impaired driving.”

    Back to jail where he promptly appealed to a higher court and was let back out on the streets. In March 2014, the Court of the Queens Bench dropped this charge too. The arresting police officer made a “fatal mistake” they said.

    June 2014 the manslaughter charges against him were “stayed” which is just a fancy term for “dropped”. Too bad we don’t have a video of the murder they told us.

    December 2014 this exemplary citizen of Canada was again arrested. However, the charges were of a lesser charge that wouldn’t result in jail time. An example of that might be “in possession of a stolen vehicle”.

    In February 2015, he had a court date for “failing to comply.”

    Then in March 2015, he was again back in jail and charge with “armed robbery”. This time, a whopping big bail amount was set – much more than for Brian’s murder - $18.000.

    So you still think we have a good legal system?

    Think again.

    Angela Ludwig - 3 March 2016.

    https://www.change.org/p/honourable-jody-wilson-raybould-the-great-canadian-injustice-system?recruiter=426199974&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=autopublish&utm_term=des-md-no_src-reason_msg&fb_ref=Default

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