Saturday, July 14, 2007

On July 14, ...

... 1976, the Canadian Broadcasting Company reports, "After a decade of fierce debate and an impassioned, last-ditch speech by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, the House of Commons narrowly passes Bill C-84, abolishing the death penalty in Canada." The vote was 132 to 124. Amnesty International's account of the history of capital punishment in Canada, before and after this vote, is here.
... 1996, Presiding Judge Gabrielle Kirk McDonald (right) delivered the sentence that she and 2 other judges of Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia levied against Duško Tadić: 20 years' imprisonment following conviction, after the 1st international criminal trial since the post-World War II era, on multiple counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the attack against Prijedor, Bosnia. The term of sentence would become final, following further appellate- and trial-level litigation, in 2000.

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