No justice for Latimer

Posted on December 7, 2007
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           Robert Latimer was refused day parole this week after seven years in prison. Latimer killed his 12-year-old daughter Tracy with carbon monoxide gas in his truck.

            Tracy had cerebral palsy, was severely mentally handicapped and suffered horribly from constant cramps so strong they sometimes broke her feeble bones. Doctors had proposed amputating her limbs to reduce the cramps.

            The Parole Board denied Latimer’s application on the grounds that he does not feel remorse for his actions.

            Following is a letter I have written to Mr. Latimer and will pass on to the Honourable Robert Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, ON, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada at: .

Robert Latimer

William Head Institution

6000 William Head Road
Victoria, British Columbia
V9C 0B5

Dear Mr. Latimer:

            This is just a note to express my personal support for you and my outrage at what our country’s so-called justice system is doing to you.

            I really cannot imagine the agony Tracy endured and that you and your wife and family endured watching her suffer and watching the futile and barbaric efforts the medical system performed to keep her alive at any cost.

            I can only wish that, were I in such agony, a caring family member could find a way to end my misery. It is frightening to know they could not without endangering their own freedom.

            From a pragmatic point of view, of course, it would be much more convenient for you to lie and pretend that you think you did wrong. It would be very convenient for the system, which could then pretend it had served justice in this tragedy.

            It is tragic and outrageous that you are paying such a terrible, pointless and stupid price for our society’s cowardice in not facing up to its responsibility in cases like Tracy’s. I am sure you would have pursued a legal avenue if any had been available to you that would have spared Tracy’s suffering.

            Surely the people making shrill claims to be defending the safety of the handicapped by keeping you in prison are the cruel ones.

            They are willing to have had Tracy condemned to endless suffering.

            They are willing, even eager, to subject you to real punishment in the name of theoretical danger.

            Real justice would protect us from people like them.


            David Cadogan


One Response to “No justice for Latimer”

  1. bloomingwriter on December 29th, 2007 3:16 pm

    Right on, David! I get so sick of the ‘shrill’ protectors and their bleatings and lamentations.
    We have cats. Several times we’ve had to have one of our cherished companions euthanized because he was terminally ill…to prevent undue suffering. I would hope someone who loved me would do the same for me in such a situation.
    Remember the woman from Windsor, NS who went to Switzerland (I believe it was) to end her life at a clinic for such needs? The right-to-life squad wanted to crucify her and her minister husband, and everyone else involved. As you say, real justice would protect us from the likes of them.

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