BAIL REFORM BILL C-464 BECAME LAW IN CANADA ON DECEMBER 15, 2010.
It adds a clause to section 515(10) (b) of the criminal code giving courts the power to deny bail to someone accused of a serious crime who is deemed a potential danger to children under the age of 18.
A LETTER OF THANKS FROM DAVID & KATE BAGBY
After Zachary's murder, Kate and I set out to change bail law in Canada using the only weapons we had: speaking to the press at every opportunity and writing a book: 'Dance with the Devil'. Kurt quickly joined the battle with his film 'Dear Zachary', and that did the trick. Many millions of people saw the film and came away angry and disgusted with the authorities who took such good care of Zachary's mother while completely ignoring his safety.
Hundreds - maybe thousands - of those angry and disgusted viewers answered the call to write their political representatives, and the result was bail reform bill C-464, which just became the law in Canada. We want to thank you for doing your part in fixing this glaring problem. We can't possibly express this sentiment to each of you personally so I hope you're checking this web site periodically.
We also want to thank Member of Parliament Mr. Scott Andrews and Senator Tommy Banks for taking up this cause and producing the bill, then pushing it through the House and Senate.
Only one question remains on this issue: will prosecutors and judges use this new twist on Canadian bail law to prevent dead babies in the future? We'll be watching for cases and (obviously) hoping they put this change to good use. Perhaps you can help us by emailing this web site if/when you see relevant cases in the media.
On a personal note, Kate's health suffered a serious setback in 2006; she fell and cracked her skull in two places. She has mostly recovered, but there is some permanent damage leaving her a bit unsteady on her feet and subject to sporadic down days. Hence, we are not nearly as active as before in the media/political arena. However, if we were, there are two main issues we would pursue: a genuine life sentence for people convicted of murder (killers are dangerous!) and a lot more efficiency in the extradition process (cases involving devastating crimes can wither and die while the courts take years pondering trivial side issues). The common thread in these two issues is an utter disregard for proportion and common sense.
Thanks again to all who helped get this bail revision enacted,
Dave and Kate Bagby
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