Canada Parole Board Allows Euthanasia Offender Robert Latimer to Move to BC

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 16, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Canada Parole Board Allows Euthanasia Offender Robert Latimer to Move to BC

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
September 16
, 2008

Ottawa, Canada (LifeNews.com) — The National Parole Board has issued a ruling allowing Robert Latimer, the man who murdered his disabled daughter by forcing her into the cab of his truck and letting exhaust fumes kill her, to move. Latimer has been on day parole in Ottawa and he will be allowed to move to British Columbia.

A parole board of appeals reversed the decision by a local parole panel in February and allowed Latimer to be released.

He was originally denied day parole in December because he showed no remorse to a parole panel for killing his 13-year-old daughter Tracy.

Now, the 55-year-old expects to move as soon as a halfway house in Victoria can find room for him. According to a Daily Herald report, he wants to continue his training as an electrician, a job he started during his stay in prison.

The newspaper indicated Latimer has been allowed to visit with his family in Saskatchewan on a monthly basis since July and he will be eligible for full parole in December 2010.

The parole board has indicated it doesn’t expect Latimer to re-offend and has responded appropriately to media attention following his initial release.

Part of that attention has included his request for a new trial to clear his name in the so-called mercy killing case that horrified pro-life and disability rights groups.

A jury found him guilty of second-degree murder in 1994 and the Canada Supreme Court eventually nullified the conviction. A second guilty verdict was later upheld and Latimer has served just seven years of that sentence.

"If you look at the first trial, that wasn’t honest," Latimer told reporters in March. "Then they pretty much had to carry it through and make that credible with another trial, which was just as crooked. They won’t allow a jury to decide whether it was right or wrong."

Ivan Bjornholt, a friend of Latimer’s, also disputed the contention from disability activists that Latimer is going to lobby MPs to pass a law legalizing assisted suicide.

As LifeNews.com reported, leading opponents of euthanasia in Canada are concerned that another bill to attempt to legalize assisted suicide could come after the next national elections.

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