The justice system in this country is laughable at times. Two recent examples are cases in point.
Federal officials are launching an internal investigation into a MySpace webpage about serial killer Clifford Olson that surfaced two weeks ago.
The disturbing images on the page (which has since been removed) of Olson, who terrorized the Lower Mainland in the 1980s and was convicted of the horrendous murders of 11 children, are shocking to say the least.
Olson is seen working out in prison, smiling as if he didn't have a care in the world. There are other pictures of notorious serial killers and Olson lists some of his "friends" on the page to be Charles Manson, Son of Sam, Charles Ng and Ian Brady.
Families of the victims of Olson are outraged that he could somehow be allowed to set up a page of such a macabre nature. How did he get access to these images? How did he get access to a computer in the first place? MPs are having a field day, and Corrections Canada has a lot of explaining to do.
A little closer to home, Ray Irwin, who killed his mother Mary Richards in 2004, is now seeking a sizable share of her estate.
Naturally Richards' family is sickened at the thought of Irwin getting his hands on any of the money and is fighting the courts and lobbying politicians for help.
Irwin confessed to the killing, even led police to his mother's shallow grave in Roberts Creek, but was found to be suffering from acute psychosis at the time of the matricide and the court technically acquitted him in March 2006. That ruling by the court is disturbing enough, but now, the court system has provisions in place where someone who brutally killed another human being has a chance to somehow profit from the crime. How is that right?
This is a sick and disturbed individual who for the past two years has been locked away in the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Coquitlam, where he should be kept for the rest of his life He is petitioning the courts for Richards' money. What is this world coming to? What type of justice system allows such things to take place? We thought the justice system was in place to protect the innocent and punish the guilty. The current system we have now seems to protect the criminals and spit in the face of the rest of us.