Judge Jerry Paradis, Ilam Campus Wednesday 10th Sep
Judge Jerry Paradis
(retired), from Vancouver, British Columbia, speaks about
Date: Wed 10 September
Time-Place: 3pm Economics Dept, Room 534
Jerry Paradis obtained his law degree from the University of British Columbia in 1969. By 1975, he had already been appointed to the Provincial Court of BC, on which he served as a judge until his retirement in 2003. Canada's provincial courts handle about 95% of the country's criminal cases, and so Jerry dealt with over a thousand drug cases, be they for possession, trafficking, or production. "My awareness of the futility of and damage caused by prohibition came gradually," he relates, "but I can say that I was without any doubts from the late '80s on
Shortly after retiring, Jerry found himself even more seriously pondering the drug issue, and the result was a research paper, "A Modest Proposal for a Sane Drug Policy. The greatest irony that Jerry observes from scanning the notes he made on each of the 1,000+ drug cases over which he presided is that "the same number of people are still choosing to ingest mood-altering substances, the same proportion are addicted, and there is the same persistent but increasingly lucrative and efficient system of supply".
Jerry is a member of LEAP, "Law Enforcement Against Prohibition"
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