"trampling the graves of the real heroes"
A copy of Colby Cosh's excellent column on the Rochfort Bridge slayings is available here. (ÞHit&Run). A challenge - evaluate the relevance of drug and gun policy to the following excerpted paragraph:
The magistrates' best chance to protect Mayerthorpe and its cops came in April, 2000, when Roszko was convicted of having repeatedly molested a child over a seven-year period in the 1980s. From the ages of 10 to 17, the victim was forced into sodomy and degradation by a grown man under the constant threat of a fatal beating. For this, Roszko served about 21 months in prison. If Canadian justice had penalized him according to popular notions of right and wrong, he would still have been in jail on Thursday -- and would have stayed until he was much too old to engage in a firefight.