Saskatoon Killer Seeks Sentencing Circle |TODAY|
Submitted by dan. on 2007-09-24 23:16.
A woman who killed her common-law husband continues to fight for a sentencing circle, despite the opposition of the victim's family.
Her North Battleford probation officer, who prepared a pre-sentencing report, said the Onion Lake justice committee was open to the idea but said Cook's family was not interested.
Defence lawyer Linda Wood was not satisfied the matter had been adequately canvassed with Cook's family and the community of Opaskawayak First Nation, near The Pas, Man. Earlier this summer, Wood asked for and was granted more time for the probation officer to ensure Manitobans understood the benefits of a sentencing circle.
The probation officer has not respond in the three months since.
Wood was granted a further, brief adjournment to see if the Manitoba family and community might come on board.
Waskewitch wants the circle to promote healing between families for the sake of her and Cook's three children.
"There are things (the Cooks) need to hear her say and things she needs to hear from them," Wood said in an interview.
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