Ottawa Lawyer Michael Spratt started a Crowd Funding campaign to assist him to challenge the retroactive pardon rules introduced by Bill C-10.
One of Mr. Spratt’s clients plead guilty to an offence in 2008 and planned to apply for a pardon after the five year waiting period. As it turned out, the Conservative Government retroactively changed the rules by doubling the waiting period just before he became eligible to apply.
My client and may other like him counted on their ability to apply for a pardon – this is part of the reason why many accused chose to plead guilty in the first place.
But the Conservatives changed the deal and retroactively doubled the waiting period for a pardon from 5 years to 10 years. And they subjected many individuals who completed their sentence already, to this brand new increase in punishment.
Michael Spratt is a criminal lawyer from the firm Abergel Goldstein & Partners based in Ottawa. He has appeared in every level of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He is also often called upon as a expert witness by the House of Commons and Senate.