Through the appeals process, the decision to deny Robert Latimer parole has been overturned:
After seven years in prison for killing his severely disabled daughter, Robert Latimer will be freed on day parole this week.
The appeal division of the National Parole Board this afternoon overturned a parole board decision last December that rejected Mr. Latimer’s bid for parole.
The appeal division, following a month-long review, concluded Mr. Latimer does not in fact pose an undue risk to reoffend.
In its decision in December, a three-member panel of the parole board concluded: “You could not or would not describe the feelings or thoughts underlying your actions at the time of the offence…. You appear satisfied with the position that you and only you were able to determine her life or death, describing such decisions as beyond the law.”
The appeal division, however, found that although Mr. Latimer was at times unfocussed, he was not unwilling to answer their questions.
“The Appeal Division finds that the Board’s determinations in this regard are unreasonable and unsupported. Your responses at the hearing reveal that you did in fact demonstrate insight and were able to explain why you decided to end the life of your daughter.
The appeal division has applied two conditions to his parole: Mr. Latimer cannot have responsibility for, or make decisions for, any individuals who are severely disabled.
See previous post on Latimer here.
Cross-posted at The Gimp Parade