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SCC Decision: November 14, 2008

R. v. Solowan, 2008 SCC 62
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(Criminal law / sentencing / hybrid offence)
The trial judge sentenced the accused to 15 months’ imprisonment after guilty please for three offences, including two hybrid offences upon which the Crown had elected to proceed summarily. The accused appealed and argued that the trial judge had erred in imposing the maximum custodial sentence of six months for each offence without first finding that “he was the worst offender who had committed the worst offence”. The Supreme Court of Canada upheld the ruling of the Court of Appeal which found the global sentence to be excessive and reduced it from 15 to 12 months.
Majority/Dissent: 7/0

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