Criminal Lawyer Edward Prutschi Discusses Paul Bernardo’s Parole Hearing

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Paul Bernardo brutally raped and killed young teenage girls along with his wife, Karla Homolka. He was convicted on two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated sexual assault. Bernardo received a life sentence without a chance of parole for 25 years.

Now, Bernardo is making his first appeal for parole. He is seeking “day parole”, which Toronto criminal lawyer Ed Prutschi explains this means he is released during the day and must report back to the prison at night. Prutschi explains it’s common for prisoners to apply for day parole, which is easier to get, in order to prove they can follow the rules and reintegrate into society before applying for full parole.

However, nothing about Bernardo’s case is normal. He is one of the few prisons in Canada to be labeled a “dangerous offender” and was one of the first to ever receive that designation. Prutschi explains that Bernardo had a long history of attacks, most famously known for being the Scarborough Rapist, in addition to his convicted murders. To Prutschi, this shows this is not a man that had a one-time break.

Despite Bernardo having a clean record during his time in prison, Prutschi explains it’s unlikely he will receive parole, which should be a relief to the country.

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I am one of the senior partners at Bytensky Shikhman, a criminal litigation firm in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In my 25+ year career, I have conducted numerous trials and appeals before all levels of Court in Ontario, defending just about every type of charge in our criminal law. I am also an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at Osgoode Hall Law School and currently the Treasurer of the Criminal Lawyers' Association of Ontario. I am also an Adjunct Professor for Trial Advocacy at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University and a regular lecturer and placement supervisor for Osgoode's Intensive Programme in Criminal Law.
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