Duly Quoted: James Forcillo's Lawyer on who Deserves Mandatory Minimum Sentences

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Duly Quoted: James Forcillo’s Lawyer on who Deserves Mandatory Minimum Sentences

Peter Brauti argues a different legal standard should apply to his client.

“That five-year minimum was never meant to catch police officers who are acting in the line of duty and may have made a mistake in judgment, that was meant for a completely different class of people.”

—Toronto Police Constable James Forcillo’s lawyer Peter Brauti on the mandatory minimum sentence for attempted murder with a firearm. Forcillo was found guilty of attempted murder on Monday in the July 2013 shooting death of 18-year old Sammy Yatim, where the police officer fired nine bullets at the teen. Brauti intends to challenge the constitutionality of the mandatory minimum on behalf of his client, and has argued that it amounts to “cruel and unusual punishment.” Forcillo is scheduled to be sentenced in May. Until then, he is suspended from the police force with pay.

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