By: Mike W. Bryant, Northern News Services
SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE - The NWT's top judge says politicians should spend less time focusing on the length of jail sentences and more on the root causes of crime in the territory.
Justice John Vertes' remarks come as criticism mounts in the legislative assembly over what have been perceived as overly lenient sentences for violent offenders in recent months.
For one MLA, Kam Lake's Dave Ramsay, the most recent outrage is the five-year sentence handed out to Inuvik resident Claude Harry last month for the beating death of Angus Kikoak, whom Harry killed after a night of drinking in December 2009. Read more »