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A Canadian Court failed a sexual offense target in a horrific and revolting method, and her tale finished unfortunately. Ana Kasparian, Francis Maxwell and also Brett Erlich, the hosts of The Young Turks, simplify. Tell us just what you think in the remark area below.

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" Numerous things were done incorrect to the female near the end of her short life.

When, when she was 27 and also living homeless in Edmonton, she was dragged yelling right into a man's apartment or condo, held down, had her clothes duped, after that was choked, stabbed and also violated.

The following year, one more male inadvertently shot and killed her.

But it's the revelation of what was done to the lady in between her sexual offense and her fatality that has actually outraged and also scandalized the Canadian justice system.

For five days in 2015, as the lady affirmed against and helped convict Lance David Blanchard, 59, of kidnapping and also worsened sexual offense, she was secured alongside him– as much a detainee as her opponent." *.

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  1. Posted by Jeri Kourkoumelis, at Reply

    People can keep telling lies about TYT. No one is perfect but TYT use their platform to protect those who can’t protect themselves. They are heroes.

    • Posted by Malik Walker, at Reply

      +The Young Turds Aiu lives because of tyt. If tyt didn’t exist, Aiu wouldn’t have a life.

    • Posted by Trolls Exposed, at Reply

      ahhhh AIU, the guy that alienated ALL his Trump supporters and doxes people that call him raicist and banned pro trump comments? Some guy lol

  2. Posted by jean-frederick bolduc, at Reply

    I spent a month in jail because the robber pressed assault with deadly weapon charges on me. The worst part was that my minimum sentence was 3 years and his maximum sentence 2 years. All turned out fine and was well compensated for the trouble but this was insane.

    • Posted by anko Mitarashi, at Reply

      jean-frederick bolduc what country are u from

    • Posted by jean-frederick bolduc, at Reply


  3. Posted by anyghost, at Reply

    Brett is so clearly opposed to the notion that there is racial bias within western criminal justice systems.

    He gets so uncomfortable when Francis makes that argument that he is compelled to make a joke, “At least they apologized,” during a story about a homeless woman who was beaten, stabbed, and raped and then subsequently jailed along with her attacker and later shot to death.

    I don’t want TYT to be an echo chamber, but this over thirty year old adult male just comes across as so immature and glib sometimes. To simply disagree with Francis’ point would have been understandable, but to crack wise on a story like this?

    I dunno…this guy just keeps missing the mark to me.

    • Posted by anyghost, at Reply

      utterlyviolet From what he’s said on the show to date, to me it appears as though he’s moderately progressive but he doesn’t see issues of racial and gender bias to be as prevalent and serious as the rest of the hosts appear to see them, which is fine if that’s his opinion, but he should be able to respect the seriousness of the subjects either way and refrain from making jokes about them. He should be able to communicate his opposing positions in a tone that respects the gravity of what he’s discussing.

  4. Posted by Riley Jean, at Reply

    The woman’s race wasn’t mentioned but she was Native American. The injustice committed towards Native Americans by the justice system in canada is repulsive and heart breaking. If you’re interested look up Native American crime, substance abuse, and physical abuse statistics. The numbers are heart breaking.

    • Posted by Freddy Looger, at Reply

      Its strange they didn’t mention her race. Thats pretty much the answer.

    • Posted by Namilea LOTI, at Reply

      The did at 6:03 he says she was Cree and homless

    • Posted by Namilea LOTI, at Reply

      I’m from Toronto and I have heard Native American used a lot but I think that’s not the PC term anymore.

    • Posted by Dudelsackpfeifer, at Reply

      In BC we say first nations or native or aboriginal. I always forget which one is a subcategory. Anyway, regarding the issue of substance abuse, domestic abuse, and crime, that’s unfortunately in large part a result of the residential school system.

    • Posted by K Tanner, at Reply

      The Cree are First Nations people from the plains provinces. Inuit, First Nations and Metis are all aboriginal peoples of Canada.

  5. Posted by Bhavikh, at Reply

    Natives here in Canada are way worse off than Blacks in America. No one even talks about it. Sad!

    • Posted by Pagan By Instinct, at Reply

      Everyone talks about it, but no one listens because the govt has caused so much racism here by pitting them against the rest of Canada with the treaty “handouts”. It’s sickening. All people see is them being given “free money” but have no clue that it’s near impossible for them to make a living on their own. Even with the supplements, most will never break the poverty line. 🙁

    • Posted by cupguin, at Reply

      It’s both. The government tried to stamp out Indigenous culture and actively removed children and found them white homes. Sometimes homes in the United States or Europe rather than with their families. The government is still failing at providing education, health care and even clean water. That’s all before you get to the criminal justice system.

    • Posted by cupguin, at Reply

      Yes, yes and yes. There are a lot of parallels you can draw but statistically Canada has the edge. “First Nations individuals have some of the highest rates of suicide globally.” In 30 years there have been 1200 missing and murdered women, which makes up 16% of female murder victims and 12% of missing women, all from 3% of the female population of Canada. That said it really shouldn’t be a contest. This shouldn’t have happened to anyone ever.

    • Posted by muntu1221, at Reply

      That’s just downright disgusting.

  6. Posted by A Cute Fluffy Kitty, at Reply

    Yeah Canada is pretty great just don’t be homeless, native, or mentally ill. My doctor once overdosed me on meds and she got away with it even though it caused me to have kidney failure (which luckily resolved itself by stopping the medication) because I was some teen that just escaped homelessness and had no family, connections, money, or friends. I also saw many horrible things that the other homeless teens went through.

    • Posted by Devin Koks, at Reply

      i am so sorry to hear that. natives get it the worst i feel. but how we treat the homeless here is just as bad as america. maybe one step above but that’s to saying much indeed. being homeless is about as bad as being a convict. everyone jsut wants to look away instead of help. i mean i am no saint and am guilty of the same though i am just barely able to keep myself from that position myself. where in canada do you live if you dont mind me asking

    • Posted by Yiṣḥāq David, at Reply

      Dr overdosed my brother and he died.I Literally found my brother dead . Anyway long story short I counted all his pills he actually had more then he should have. He had taken less than prescribed yet still died.

    • Posted by Ace, at Reply

      Also don’t forget you can’t defend yourself in Canada without having charges laid against. Rubbing it in our faces!

  7. Posted by Larry Schmidt, at Reply

    I live in Edmonton. This is horrific and torturous. The news has stated that she appeared sleepy or confused initially (as far as I recall) . The prosecutor was concerned she would not show up to the next session. In my opinion, if there was concern she might not show up there are a lot better ways of making sure she shows up. Everything from helping her go home and having someone watch her apartment, to setting her up in a suite. To put her in jail is just revictimization for her and further reason for other women not to report sexual abuse. I am ashamed of how my province handled this. We can do better.

    • Posted by Gina Carroll, at Reply

      Obviously you didn’t actually read what I wrote. I explicitly said (multiple times) that I didn’t agree with what happened, and there was no excuse for what happened. I was just explaining why the judge might have felt the need to jail her during the trial. Maybe work on your reading skills before calling someone out 😛

    • Posted by Larry Schmidt, at Reply

      I was not responding to you nor did I read your post. I just spoke to my perception and feelings on this matter based on what I have heard on our local news.

    • Posted by Gina Carroll, at Reply

      Sorry, I was responding to someone else. Looks like they deleted their post aimed at me after I called them out on their inability to read. I totally agree with your statement. We can do much better as a country.

  8. Posted by Kate Harvie, at Reply

    For her to be locked up NEXT TO her attacker crosses the line from strategy to inhumane. In this case, the Canadian district attorneys/prosecutors and police department were as destructive as the woman’s attacker. She was shackled, next to the man who kidnapped, raped, and stabbed her. I stand with TYT here without pause or question.

    • Posted by zammmerjammer, at Reply

      Crown attorneys.

  9. Posted by Davis Pow, at Reply

    She wasn’t white and middle class… she was First Nations (aboriginal) and homeless. Still doesn’t make it right tho.

    • Posted by sfshinz, at Reply

      They kind of contrasted the treatment a hypothetical white, middle-class woman might go through with this woman. I believe that was their point.

    • Posted by zammmerjammer, at Reply

      Try listening more closely. The white middle class lady is a hypothetical used to suggest that version of the victim would have been treated better.

    • Posted by chloweful, at Reply

      Davis Pow Stop bringing race into this.
      This is a classism issue.
      Not a race one.

    • Posted by Davis Pow, at Reply

      chloweful shut up, I’ll say what I want.

    • Posted by zammmerjammer, at Reply

      +chloweful You moron, the one who was “bringing race into this” was Alberta’s justice minister who spoke about the case, apologized to the woman’s mother, and ordered a review of the law. I think she knows what she’s talking about better than you do, bud. (try reading the article sometime, instead of just half listening to the video about the article)

  10. Posted by Kristen Ungstad, at Reply

    If anyone is wondering why this happened, it’s because she’s homeless AND Native American.

    Frankly, we Canadians may act smug, but we treat our Native Americans how the Deep South treats African Americans.

    • Posted by chloweful, at Reply

      Kristen Ungstad This isn’t a racial story.
      Stop obsessing over race.
      Canada is one of the least racist places in the world this would’ve happened to ANY homeless person.
      Wrong as it tho may be.
      Racist? It is not.

    • Posted by The Zero Zero, at Reply

      She may be homeless but First Natives in Canada are left to hang. So yes it’s a homeless thing but that’s just one side of the problem.

  11. Posted by Alex Carter, at Reply

    They should’ve held her in a safe house as supposed to a cell as she is a victim. The perpetrator has to be found so he doesn’t to commit the same crime again but with that being said, don’t lock her up.

    Update: She was transported in the same vehicle as her attacker and placed in a cell adjacent to her victim. Canada you fucked up!

    • Posted by Ru Ru, at Reply

      lots of towns are so small, the safest place is an RCMP detachment.

  12. Posted by David Rizzo, at Reply

    Under what legal authority can a witness be imprisoned to ensure testimony? If such authority exists either in the US or the great white north please explain.

    • Posted by Lacey Jost, at Reply

      David Rizzo constitutionally in the US, no you may not be imprisoned unless you’ve committed a crime or accused of crime. If you are subpoenaed as a witness to a crime, and do not show up for court to testify, you may be held in contempt of the court which may result in a bench warrant being issued to get you into court (classified as a failure to appear, which is a crime then). However, in cases of rape or assault, it normally won’t be pursued by the State if the victim is an adult and isn’t willing to cooperate and press those charges. They were ethically, and at least by US law, completely not in their right to have done this and would be liable for being criminally charged for false imprisonment, and civilly sued for monetary damages of mental anguish.

    • Posted by Kylie, at Reply

      I live in the US and I was put in juvenile detention when I was 15 on a “material witness hold.” I had been raped and I hadn’t committed a crime, they just locked me up for a couple of weeks in order to force me to testify. To be clear, I never said that I would not testify. The DA ALSO had my mother locked up after she told her was concerned she couldn’t make the court date because she needed to have emergency surgery (her gallbladder needed to removed, she had a pound of gunk in it). So, they can and will do this.

    • Posted by Lacey Jost, at Reply

      Kylie I did state IF you were an adult…..maybe your situation it wasn’t okay, however minors can be more easily manipulated to not fully understand when they’ve been assaulted, and a whole lot of other justifications

    • Posted by Lacey Jost, at Reply

      That’s not me personally justifying it, just how they get away with justifying it sadly

  13. Posted by Dracke Stalen Torgen, at Reply

    How is fair or legal to imprison the victim? this is seriously fucked up

    • Posted by Generic Scout, at Reply

      It depends on the situation. If you’re part of a crime or you help commit it you are responsible. And she failed to uphold her duty and speak against the perp. Now imprisoning her for it is going too far, but she should be fined for letting a rapist run around free.

    • Posted by Sara Piotrofsky, at Reply

      Dracke Stalen Torgen It’s not. It’s unconstitutional.

  14. Posted by I Hate Google, at Reply

    A hotel would have been better and perhaps cheaper?

    • Posted by sixstanger00, at Reply

      Because homeless people have money for hotels…..

    • Posted by TheMusesOrg, at Reply

      @sixstanger00: OP is talking about hotel accommodation as an alternative to the jail they put her in, dingus.

    • Posted by Zidneya, at Reply

      He means for the witness. It is very common to sequestrate a jury so do it for a witness is no big deal?

  15. Posted by Ste H, at Reply

    So adding insult to injury?  Doh, Canada, epic fail.

    • Posted by Ste H, at Reply

      Edited my initial comment because I put “I guess this is the American way now” and it actually happened in Canada.  Sorry America, my bad.

  16. Posted by Devious J, at Reply

    This whole situation is fucked up.

    • Posted by Steven Anchundia, at Reply

      It make you cringe

  17. Posted by Danielle Gager, at Reply

    that’s why I never came forward against my attacker who was in the navy

    • Posted by Danielle Gager, at Reply

      Justanother fancy screenname Thank you

    • Posted by Danielle Gager, at Reply

      I have always wondered if I could have ever gone through with pressing charges against him

    • Posted by Danielle Gager, at Reply

      but going against the military is what I feared the most

  18. Posted by Veronica Turtle Heart, at Reply

    Something similar happened to me in 2007 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. I got evicted from my apartment while waiting for the trial, and although I gave address forwarding information and phone number to the court appointed social worker and the Victim Witness Advocate… The DA said they couldn’t reach me, so they issued a warrant to have me jailed until the trial. Although I have never had any criminal history I was suddenly pulled over and my car impounded, my son was put into a foster home, and I was held in jail for 14 days until after the trial. (Six days in solitary confinement where I was not given a change of clothes.) The rapist was ultimately found not guilty. This experience TOTALLY changed my view of what the American criminal justice system is supposed to be about!

    • Posted by Veronica Turtle Heart, at Reply

      I couldn’t even get a public defender to help me because when I was finally allowed to call them after the 6th day they said, “you haven’t been arrested for anything so you don’t qualify for our services”

    • Posted by Justanother fancy screenname, at Reply

      Our justice system works for those who have money and connections. It does not work in favour for the general public. Justice is spelled with a capital $$$ now a days. There are more incentives for locking people up and having them work for free, vs giving them a fair and honest trail.

    • Posted by Holy Atheist, at Reply

      Veronica Turtle Heart Oh lord that is so fucked up I can’t even! For what it’s worth I’m so sorry that happened to you

    • Posted by kickinitoldschool03, at Reply

      Veronica Turtle Heart That’s what you get for making false charges and trying to ruin a man’s life, you filthy slag.

    • Posted by Justanother fancy screenname, at Reply

      Why do you kids bother with these stupid comments. You know the thread poster can just delete them now.

  19. Posted by Marc Touss, at Reply

    holding someone against their will without charging them with a crime…. isnt there a word for that?.. starts with a K.. ends in a idnapping..

    • Posted by Erin Maurer, at Reply

      Not in Canada. In the US it’s called unlawful imprisonment.