Wow... it's gotta be nice, you know? Being the son of a prominent Toronto City Police narcotics officer, that is, when you're caught with drugs and an illegal handgun.
Andrew Canepa is the son of Detective-Constable Tony Canepa. He was arrested for possession of an illegal .45 calibre Smith and Wesson revolver on December 14, 2008 when he was 18 years old. Here we are two years later, and his case has finally come before the courts.
He's been sentenced, to, get this, 1 year of house arrest.
That's awesome. I'm so happy to know we have one law for you and me, you know, the common folk, and another one for the kids of cops.
Canepa pled guilty last week and was sentenced to this "harsh sentence" by Justice Ian Nordheimer. Seems both the Crown and defense attorneys agreed that sending the younger Canepa to jail was not in the interests of justice.
Naturally, everyone involved in the case say the young man has received no special treatment because of who his dad is.
"Canepa was, in no way, given any favours because his father is a police officer. The prosecution case was severely undermined by the warrantless, unjustified search," said defence counsel George Tsimiklis.
Yeah, sure... whatever you've got to tell yourself to get through the day George.
The Toronto Sun just couldn't help but blame everyone for his crimes except Andrew. It was his mother's fault. It was his dad's fault, it was his teachers' fault.
Andrew’s life was tumultuous from his earliest memories.
Waaaaaa... who's isn't? Everyone grows up having troubles. I've yet to meet a single person who hasn't had trials and tribulations while growing up. That's why it's called growing up, for crying out loud!
Is it good that young Andrew is finally turning his life around? Absolutely! I hope he becomes a productive member of society. But that's not going to happen as long as everyone around him does what the Toronto Sun writer did, and blame everyone for his problems but himself. It's called personal responsibility for a reason.
However, if he'd been the average law-abiding gun owner, he'd have been strip-searched in his driveway like Jonathan Login, or had a SWAT team tear his home and business apart, like John St. Amour of Marstar. Or charged with unsafe storage of firearms like Dave Lind, for the "crime" of moving from Ontario to Alberta, or ... well, you get the idea. I could list a dozen cases, but really, why bother.
It should be enough for us to understand that the son of a Toronto cop gets sentenced to house arrest for what would have sent any regular law-abiding gun owner to jail. And that there's no favouritism at play.
Sure wish I had a Toronto narcotics cop for a father...