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This article was published 5/12/2007 (3247 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Were you surprised to hear Saskatchewan farmer turned convicted killer Robert Latimer was denied day parole Wednesday?I was.I figured the time Latimer has spent in prison - he's been behind bars since January 2001 - would be enough to satisfy a parole board that often seems to release offenders at the earliest opportunity.How often have we heard of violent, repeat offenders walking the streets within a heartbeat of being sent to the slammer?However, Latimer did something Wednesday that spelled doom for his immediate chances of release.He refused to say "I'm sorry".Latimer still believes he did the right thing in killing his severely disabled daughter, Tracy, and wasn't afraid to tell that to the parole board."It was a very personal thing and wasn’t a big guilt trip. I still don’t feel guilty now," Latimer said.This is a hot-button case which has clearly divided Canadians. Some people he is a cold-blooded killer who should be locked away for a very long time. Others maintain he shouldn't have served a single day for what he did.Latimer will likely get out one day - his next parole bid can be in two years - but the debate will likely rage on for much longer.I'd like to know where you stand, especially on the issue of whether he should have been granted parole.By late Wednesday night, more than 80 per cent of voters on my latest website jury poll - click HERE
to vote - felt Latimer should have released.Post your thoughts below.