Supreme Court rules against government on criminal sentences

A worker raises a Canadian flag in front of the Supreme Court building in Ottawa March 21, 2014....

A worker raises a Canadian flag in front of the Supreme Court building in Ottawa March 21, 2014. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie)

Giuseppe Valiante, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 4:04 PM ET

OTTAWA ó The Supreme Court once again ruled against the Conservative government's crime and justice agenda, with a unanimous decision Friday that gives judges more discretion when deciding a criminal's sentence.

The Crown argued that under the Tories' 2009 Truth in Sentencing Act, judges can only give credit for pre-sentence jail time under exceptional circumstances.

The Supreme Court ruled judges can be more lenient and grant convicts denied bail 1 1/2 days of credit for every day spent in pre-sentence custody.

The ruling is the latest in a string of defeats for the Conservative government in front of the country's highest court.


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