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Doctors believe Vince Li, found not criminally responsible for the death of Tim McLean on a Greyhound bus, is ready for escorted excursions to Lockport or The Forks. Not all readers were ready to agree with this.

Should today's poll question about Vincent Li really just be a yes or no question? Where is the "I'm not a doctor" option?

-- Alex Passey

If he's well enough for unescorted passes and appreciates the gravity of his crime, then he should completely understand that it is now time for him be transferred to prison for an extended period to pay for his crime.

-- 23670082

"Yaren said there is no therapeutic benefit to Li's continued custodial status and that Li has expressed frustration at the slow pace of regaining his life, but accepts and copes with it."

How do we laymen reconcile Li's frustration at regaining his life with knowing he "appreciates the gravity of what he did to McLean?" Seems to me he would be ºber-patient with the process if he truly appreciated the heinous nature of his act.

-- anonymity_personified

For the commentators here who are mandating a triple life sentence for Li, I ask; have you ever had a serious mental illness, or known anyone closely with a serious mental illness? If not, then you simply do not understand. This man is sick and now it is being treated. He is not in jail and it's not really your right to make his hospital into one. This is nothing short of a lynch mob.

-- TruthThatHurts

All I can say is this.

I frequent Lockport and The Forks and I take my youngest daughter with me.

I do not want Vince Li to be anywhere near her or me, regardless of what some doctor says.

Doctors are not infallible. They are human beings. They make mistakes. The only way to insure that Vince Li is not one of their mistakes is to not allow this.

-- Gack

To hold Vince Li criminally responsible for his actions would undermine the moral foundations of our system of justice.

We believe that the reason people can be held morally and legally responsible for their actions is because they made a choice to do the actions.

It is the fact that we are responsible for our actions that entitles the state (in some cases) to take away our liberty in order to punish us, to prevent us from hurting others and as a sign to the community that wrongdoers will be held accountable.

-- Spence Furby

A guard accompanies Li on his excursions with a staff member. He is there more to protect Li from the public rather than protect the staff. After reading the message boards, I can see the truth in that statement. What does that say about our community?

Sad, very sad.

-- Nana2

DeDelly should get counselling. She needs to understand that we don't punish someone who was insane when they committed such an act. There are many countries in the world where this is not the case -- maybe that is where she should live.

For all her talk about protection of the public, she never manages to speak to the media without slipping up and exposing her true agenda, which is retribution (punishment).

"I had the assumption before all of this happened that we all have basic human rights. So how come Timothy's aren't being considered here and only Vince Li's are?"

That says it all, DeDelly, you don't care about protection of the public, you care about punishing Li for what all of the doctors have said was an act committed by a man who was insane at the time.

Get some help or this will eat at you until you die.

-- Roger2

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 19, 2013 A10

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