When is strangling someone to death not worth a day in jail? When the perp's a female, Muslim immigrant to Canada and the victim is her daughter.
"At first blush (a suspended sentence) may sound like a get out of jail free card. It is not" -- said The Judge.
Marilyn Millions of St. James Anglican Church, was overjoyed with the suspended sentence, saying, "... it's all in the context."
Indeed. Killing one's daughter, or anyone's for that matter, is all a matter of context. The context was, in this case, an unruly, impossible-to-handle teen, strangled with a scarf, for three minutes, until dead.
Compare the Calgary Herald coverage, "Calgary mom who strangled daughter gets suspended sentence" with that of Fox News "Muslim Mother Who Strangled Daughter Won't Be Jailed, Judge Rules". In the Calgary paper, not a word is mentioned of the woman's Muslim background.
What role did the perp's sex play in her acquittal? If she had been a man, would she have walked? -- it's all in the context.
Or the fact she was Muslim. If she had been a Christian or an atheist mother, would she have walked?
Or the fact she was an immigrant, with the allowances that we are told must now be made for the stress of coming to Canada, and all the differences of culture that, we are told, we must now take into account. If the perp had been a native-born Canadian would she have walked?
It's all in the context, apparently.
Frances makes some good points.
There were extenuating circumstances. The daughter was by all accounts violent to the point of dangerous, perhaps extremely so. Whether the mother was attacked that day, we don't know. However -- she was not acquitted of murder, she was found guilty of manslaughter. And 2-3 minutes is a very, very long time. Somewhere in there there's surely premeditated intent.
We know that women are held to a lower standard by courts and get lighter sentences -- that's not in dispute. What is in dispute right now is whether the woman also got "points" for being an immigrant and a Muslim. Maybe she just came before a leftist-judge who would extend the same "get out of jail" courtesy to anyone.
Barbara Kay weighs in here.