Charter Case Analysis: R.v.Latimer

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Charter Case Analysis: R.v.Latimer

Case Summary
This case was about a father by the name of Bob Latimer, this man had a daughter who was suffering with a disease called cerebral palsy. The disease was unfortunately entrenched with his daughter since her birth and was caused by brain damage. The disease made her immobile with the exception of the rare movements she showed through facial expressions or head movements. Twelve year old Tracey Latimer was in continuous pain every moment of her life and she was incapable of taking care of herself despite her age. She was bedridden and could not communicate with anyone in her family; she was more like a living corpse. Hoping only to better her condition, her family took her through several surgeries where some were successful but did not really benefit her in any way. Tracey had five to six seizures everyday and her condition would only get worse. All this was unbearable to her father Mr. Latimer like it would be to any loving father and it was then that he decided to end her pain and suffering. Latimer put Tracey into the cab of his truck and suffocated her. He did this by attaching a pipeline into the exhaust of the cab and this allowed carbon monoxide to enter the car which eventually leads to the painless death of his daughter. He was first convicted in 1994 of second degree murder with a life sentence term of 25 years and without parole for 10 years. Latimer then appealed his case to the Supreme Court and the previous decision was upheld. However, there was an error found in the procedure of the trial as some of the jury members were questioned on their beliefs in relation to the crime on the basis of religion, mercy killings, and etc. which then constituted the trial as unfair und...

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This case is important to Canadians everywhere because it shows the importance our government gives to fairness and equality as well as one’s life and justice. The case gives us something to be proud of, it shows that no matter how many trials it takes, or how long it takes, our jurisprudence aims to always serve justice. The final verdict of the case proved that

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"Criminal Code of Canada." Criminal Code of Canada. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Nov. 2013. .

"Robert Latimer | Murderpedia, the encyclopedia of murderers." Robert Latimer | Murderpedia, the encyclopedia of murderers. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Nov. 2013. .

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