Letter to the Editor
28 March 2012
Re: Court has no Room For Common Sense.
Christie Blatchford, March 21.
As a victim .of sexual abuse by William Hodgson Marshall ( Basilian priest, teacher, coach and principal) I note with both sadness and dismay thefrustration of Ms. Blatchford and countless others over Graham James’ two-year sentence for abusing two teenage boys. But.keep in mind that Marshall was convicted of abusing 17 victims and yet he too received a two-year sentence justlast year. And this did not even merit a mention in the National Post. Or what’ about former catholic priest John Duart, sentenced to 18 months on nine charges? What will be done about these disgraceful sentences? There are plenty more coming up. Will people be the courthouse, demanding just sentences? Or was the revulsion at James’ sentence because he was a hockey coach and some and some of his victims were future NHL players?
Patrick D. L. McMahon, LaSalle, Ont.