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Graham James Sentencing: Reaction And Quotes

03/20/2012 05:37 EDT | Updated 05/20/2012 05:12 EDT
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Here are some quotes from the sentencing of convicted sex offender and former hockey coach Graham James:

"Goodbye, you piece of (expletive)." — courtroom spectator as James was taken into custody.

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"There is no sentence this court can impose that will give back to Mr. Holt and Mr. Fleury that which was taken from them by Mr. James. The court expects there is no sentence it can impose that the victims, and indeed many members of the public, will find satisfactory." — Judge Catherine Carlson during sentencing

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"What happened to Mr. Fleury and Mr. Holt is every child's worst nightmare and every parent's worst nightmare." — Carlson

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"Children are not safe in this country." — Theo Fleury, retired NHL star and a James victim, on his Twitter feed

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"I think the sentence wasn't strong enough, but I truly think the judge is like my mother, like your mother. She's an aunt, she's a sister. She made her decision and I have no room for anger. — Todd Holt, James's victim, reacting to the judge's sentence

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"It's been a lifetime of working and rehabilitating with counsellors and two-hour sessions a week just to stay on track myself after the damage that Graham has inflicted, so to sit in there and hear that Graham James is rehabilitated, really drives me nuts." — Sheldon Kennedy, the first of James's victims to come forward in 1996, on listening to James described by his defence lawyer

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"Mr. James is very soft spoken, intelligent, insightful (and) understands who he is. He understands the difference between what he was, and who he is now, and accepts and recognizes the wrongs he's committed. But (he) is, at his heart, not an indecent man by any stretch of the imagination." — defence lawyer Evan Roitenberg

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"It was wonderful, absolutely wonderful. Does it change my life on a go-forward basis? No. But did it put a smile on my face? Absofrigginlutely." — Greg Gilhooly, whose case against James was stayed, on watching James sentenced to prison

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"The problem ... is that the bar is set so low in the courts on sentencing of sex offenders. We must sentence these offenders in a much more severe fashion." — Roz Prober, president of Beyond Borders, an advocacy group for sexually abused children.

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