Conjugal visits 'not an automatic right' if Bernardo weds

Paul Bernardo waiting in police wagon. (THOMAS AOYAGI/QMI AGENCY)

Paul Bernardo waiting in police wagon. (THOMAS AOYAGI/QMI AGENCY)

Jenny Yuen, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:32 PM ET

Paul Bernardo could get married while in prison, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’d be consummating it with a conjugal visit, according to a criminal lawyer. 

“The argument could certainly be made, but it’s not an automatic right,” Toronto lawyer Shane Martinez said Thursday. “Every situation is unique and has to be scrutinized on its own. Just because two people are married doesn’t mean they automatically have a right to private family visits.”

Conjugal visits – private visits from spouses where sexual intercourse is permitted — are covered under the Correctional Service Canada “Private Family Visits” policy.

But if Bernardo were to marry, he would have to be put through some hoops before his bride would be allowed to see him privately.


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