Yukon Court of Appeal cuts drunk driver’s sentence in half, after man’s Aboriginal heritage dismissed

The Yukon Court of Appeal reduced a convicted drunk driver’s sentence by half, ruling the sentencing judge did not consider the man’s Aboriginal heritage.

In 2014, Arthur Joe, a member of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nation, was convicted of impaired driving and refusing to provide a breathalyzer sample.

He was sentenced to 43 months in custody, a 10-year driving prohibition and three years probation.

Before that conviction, Joe had issues with drinking and driving, but had no charges between 2008 and 2014.

At his 2014 sentencing, Judge Donald Luther ruled Joe was a “notoriously repeat drinking driver” and he “should have almost no particular consideration afforded to him as an Aboriginal offender.”

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  • Jaedo Drax

    Gladue, a strike against equality before the law.

    • Millie_Woods

      Makes you Gladue don’t live anywhere near that piss tank.

    • Watchman

      …that will gradually become established law by precedent that aboriginal offenders must be given lighter sentences due to a diminished genetic capacity to comply with the white patriarchal society’s rules.

      If that differential treatment by race isn’t racism, than what is?

  • dukestreet

    This is ridiculous and disgusting. Their aboriginal heritage has nothing to do with it.except that we all know they process alcohol differently. Even greater reason to avoid it, than the rest of us. I have a native in-law & an Irish spouse. There was no alcohol at either wedding,for that reason.

  • Slickfoot

    Do the Irish get the same consideration?

  • Shebel

    I really don’t think that I would have a big problem with slapping the shit out of that Baby.

  • Alain

    Where are all those activists always accusing everyone of racism? They should be on this like white on rice if they honestly were concerned about racism. You cannot get more racist than the appeal court judge’s ruling, which says that Natives have no self-control when it comes to alcohol. I know for a fact that that is one big lie having had both family members and friends, all Native, who were able to drink socially without getting drunk or abusing alcohol. Yes, there are plenty who do, but I can sight just as many if not more whites who have a serious problem with alcohol. Just check out those who live off welfare for a few generations.

    Having written the above I recognise that the problem with the ruling has to do with the Canadian government requiring that Natives be given special treatment before the law. That is the root or cause.

    • Shebel

      My family members that have suddenly Id’ed as Native have gone OVERBOARD. I think that they are crazy.

      Now they identify with the WOLF , the OTTER , the BEAR—
      and the local Social Service asshole. .

      I have no fucking Mercy for them.

  • ed

    wait till your muslim guests start the honour killings , white girl rape gangs , sex attacks on women ,welfare fraud , they get special cultural treatment in the uk courts ,