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Robert Pickton has been given the maximum sentence allowed by Canadian law - life with no chance of parole for 25 years.But even the harshest critic of the justice system should be able to see that Pickton is really doing life with NO chance of parole.He's been convicted of brutally murdering six women, which makes him a serial killer. The fact he fought the allegations through trial and refused to admit any responsibility means he can never hang his hat on the "remorse" factor that often gets violent offenders out of jail.Pickton clearly has no remorse. No heart. No soul. And no chance of ever seeing the light of day again.Now here's where things get a bit complicated.Pickton still has yet to stand trial for allegedly killing 20 other women. That case is set to begin in 2009 and will likely last several months, if not longer.So what should prosecutors do?Because the sad fact is, Robert Pickton can't be punished any more than he already is, regardless of the outcome of that case.I've heard some suggest the justice department should drop the remaining counts, close the books on Pickton and use the money that would be spent on this case to help get vulnerable sex-trade workers off the streets and into programming, school, etc.But I've heard many others say a failure to prosecute would be a slap in the face to the victims, a statement that their death "didn't count".It's a tough call - and one that I'm glad I don't have to make.So what would you do? Post your thoughts below.

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About Mike McIntyre

Journalist, national radio show host, author, pundit and cruise director ... Mike McIntyre loves to keep busy.

Mike is the justice reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press, where he has worked since 1997. He produces and hosts the weekly talk radio show Crime and Punishment, which runs on the Corus Radio Network in several Canadian cities.

Born and bred in Winnipeg, Mike graduated from River East Collegiate and completed his journalism studies in the Creative Communications program at Red River College.

He and his wife, Chassity, have two children.

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