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Norway sentences mass murderer to 99.5 days in prison per victim maximum (21 years for 77 dead)
Hotair ^ | 08/24/2012 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 08/24/2012 6:47:21 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

In 2011, Anders Brevik set off a bomb outside a government building in Norway and then slaughtered dozens of unarmed people on a retreat, methodically picking them off as they tried to escape from an island. Seventy-seven people died in Brevik’s murder spree, and the unrepentant killer gave an unemotional description of his actions in court. The court in Norway reacted by handing down a maximum sentence of 21 years in prison — just under 100 days per murder victim:

"A Norwegian court ruled Friday that confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik was sane, deciding he was criminally responsible for the massacre of 77 people last summer.

Reading the ruling, Judge Wenche Elisabeth Arntzen said that “in a unanimous decision … the court sentences the defendant to 21 years of preventive detention.”

Actually, the sentence is for a 21-year maximum. The minimum is 10 years, or 47.4 days per victim. In Norway, courts can keep prisoners past their maximum release date if a judge finds that they remain a danger to the community. The prosecutors, who wanted Brevik committed for life as insane, loaded up the court record with tales of Brevik’s horrors, apparently anticipating that they would need the testimony later to keep Brevik behind bars.

And how sad is that?

I’d bet that in 21 years, Brevik will be found safe enough to release, if not earlier. If the court wanted to keep him behind bars for life, they surely could have done so today. A sizable contingent will argue that keeping Brevik any longer would be cruel and wasteful … and that’s not just a European impulse, either.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Front Page News
KEYWORDS: andersbrevik; brevik; breviksentence; norway; norwaymassacre

1 posted on 08/24/2012 6:47:29 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

S/B 99.5 YEARS per!...............


2 posted on 08/24/2012 6:49:06 AM PDT by Red Badger (Anyone who thinks wisdom comes with age is either too young or too stupid to know the difference....)
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To: Red Badger

And they’re going to give him the “Comfy Chair” *jarring chord plays*


3 posted on 08/24/2012 6:51:20 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Red Badger

S/B 1 Bullet in the Brain per!........


4 posted on 08/24/2012 6:52:13 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind
In a Norwegian prison which is like a Holiday Inn. Plasma TVs, internet access, library, games, gardens, the works.

Real photos from Norway's prisons.




5 posted on 08/24/2012 6:52:32 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: SeekAndFind

When you begin with the premise that there is no God, man is not specially made in His image, man is just another of the critters of the earth, and that man is basically good, this is where you end up.

Europe’s response to evil is like Zebras. When one gets snarfed by a lion, they run a short distance and resume grazing.


6 posted on 08/24/2012 6:55:43 AM PDT by lurk
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To: SeekAndFind

First thing I thought when I heard the news - I actually did the division - I’m such a math nerd!

ANYway - this is a travesty of justice.


7 posted on 08/24/2012 6:55:56 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: SeekAndFind

Obviously, life is cheap in Norway. This is a disgrace.


8 posted on 08/24/2012 6:58:02 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Had enough of the freaks running the show yet?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Slap on the wrist. He’ll be out in 10 years.


9 posted on 08/24/2012 6:59:00 AM PDT by bgill
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To: SeekAndFind

Life is cheap in Norway!!


10 posted on 08/24/2012 7:00:46 AM PDT by ontap
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To: SeekAndFind

Those digs look awesome! I’m off to Norway to go on a crime spree. See you all on the flip side!


11 posted on 08/24/2012 7:04:52 AM PDT by jboot (This isn't your father's America. Stay safe and keep your powder dry.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

I’m shocked that they did actually execute Quisling after the war.


12 posted on 08/24/2012 7:05:52 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

While 99 days per victim may be mathematical correct, it is asinine and pointless to even do this number juggling when the maximum term is 21 years, no matter what. (+ indefinite detention after 21 years if still considered a threat.)

Actually, it is highly disrespectful to the victims and their families. “Hey, your son/daughter was only worth 99 days of jailtime! I did the math!”


13 posted on 08/24/2012 7:06:18 AM PDT by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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To: dfwgator

14 posted on 08/24/2012 7:06:26 AM PDT by Red Badger (Anyone who thinks wisdom comes with age is either too young or too stupid to know the difference....)
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To: jboot

how’s the food?


15 posted on 08/24/2012 7:06:52 AM PDT by Taffini ( Mr. Pippen and Mr. Waffles do not approve and neither do I)
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To: jboot

Hell, it looks better than where I live now!...........and the food’s probably better to boot!.......


16 posted on 08/24/2012 7:07:51 AM PDT by Red Badger (Anyone who thinks wisdom comes with age is either too young or too stupid to know the difference....)
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To: SeekAndFind

The guy deserves death by 77 introductions of high voltage electricity.

Think “Green Mile”


17 posted on 08/24/2012 7:09:56 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: SeekAndFind

And Obama wants us to be more like Europe.


18 posted on 08/24/2012 7:10:06 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Funny but creepy!)
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To: Taffini
how’s the food?

Nothing but the finest kæstur hákarl imported "fresh" from Iceland, seven days a week.
19 posted on 08/24/2012 7:10:06 AM PDT by Renderofveils (My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music. - Nabokov)
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To: BenLurkin

I’m thinking “Pulp Fiction”, a pair of pliers and a blowtorch.


20 posted on 08/24/2012 7:10:58 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Moltke
“Hey, your son/daughter was only worth 99 days of jailtime! I did the math!”

This is why it's my contention that capital punishment is in fact, life affirming. It demonstrates that as a society, we will exact the ultimate penalty for the wanton taking of another life. Anything less than that diminishes the value we place upon the victim.

21 posted on 08/24/2012 7:14:25 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: mnehring
Where are the hookers, I mean sex workers?
22 posted on 08/24/2012 7:19:32 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Legalize Freedom!!)
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To: Renderofveils
Nothing but the finest kæstur hákarl imported "fresh" from Iceland, seven days a week.

And daily conjugal visits.

23 posted on 08/24/2012 7:20:36 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

And after a few years in jail a person qualifies for welfare benefits.


24 posted on 08/24/2012 7:23:34 AM PDT by techcor (I hope Obama succeeds, in being a one term president.)
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To: Taffini

I can learn to like salted herring paste, yes I can!!


25 posted on 08/24/2012 7:24:37 AM PDT by jboot (This isn't your father's America. Stay safe and keep your powder dry.)
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To: mnehring

Here’s a photo essay on the prison system. If you anger easily do not view this link.

http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1989083,00.html


26 posted on 08/24/2012 7:26:36 AM PDT by bigtoona
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To: SeekAndFind
If 21 years is the maximum for "murder", then they should NOT have charged him with "murder". Instead, they should have charged him 77 times, or for "murders".

1617 years sounds reasonable...

27 posted on 08/24/2012 7:31:52 AM PDT by C210N ("ask not what the candidate can do for you, ask what you can do for the candidate" (Breitbart, 2012))
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To: C210N

I hope he is stalked and hunted the minute he is let out.


28 posted on 08/24/2012 7:40:05 AM PDT by Chuzzlewit
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To: Chuzzlewit

He probably won’t want to leave.


29 posted on 08/24/2012 7:42:18 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

Norway does not not believe in justice.
This callous creep needs to hang by the neck for 99 days for each victim.


30 posted on 08/24/2012 7:43:07 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (Repeal Obamacare, the CITIZENSHIP TAX)
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To: BenLurkin
The guy deserves death by 77 introductions of high voltage electricity.

Norway deserves death too.

31 posted on 08/24/2012 7:48:19 AM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Taffini

The food in Norway is awful, unless you grew up eating it.. ack.

The only good restaurants are the foreign foods, and that is a stretch..


32 posted on 08/24/2012 7:54:25 AM PDT by carlo3b (Less Government, more Fiber..)
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To: mnehring

Martha Stewart could offer him some points on the interior decorating of his room.


33 posted on 08/24/2012 7:56:51 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Joe 6-pack
This is why it's my contention that capital punishment is in fact, life affirming. It demonstrates that as a society, we will exact the ultimate penalty for the wanton taking of another life. Anything less than that diminishes the value we place upon the victim.

I agree.

I'd guess that few would complain that "he only had to give 1/77th of his life per victim." This is what makes doing that "99 days per victim" math look so foolish.

34 posted on 08/24/2012 7:56:51 AM PDT by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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To: BuffaloJack

I was reading about serial kilers last week and some of the South American countries have the same issue. They have a maximum sentence that is a joke so all these mass murderrs and serial killers walk after a few years.

One guy killed hundreds and he only got the maximum of 18 years.


35 posted on 08/24/2012 8:19:18 AM PDT by USAF80
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To: SeekAndFind

I honestly believe he calculated the maximum punishment into his crime. He knows he can live on the government dime for 20+ years and then migrate to another country where he is unknown to live the rest of his life in peace.


36 posted on 08/24/2012 8:40:17 AM PDT by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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To: OrangeHoof
I honestly believe he calculated the maximum punishment into his crime. He knows he can live on the government dime for 20+ years and then migrate to another country where he is unknown to live the rest of his life in peace.

If he did, that wasn't too smart of a calculation. The maximum sentence in Norway is 21 years, plus indefinite detention if still considered a threat after 21 years).

37 posted on 08/24/2012 8:57:18 AM PDT by Conscience of a Conservative
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To: bigtoona
Some snippets:

"The prison's exterior features earthy brown hues that help it blend in with the surrounding woodlands. Inside, however, the walls explode with color. Halden hired an interior decorator who used 18 different colors to create a sense of variety and stimulate various moods. A calming shade of green creates a soothing atmosphere in the cells, while a vivid orange brings energy to the library and other working areas. A two-bedroom guesthouse, where inmates can host their families overnight, includes a conjugal room painted a fiery red."

"Halden's architects preserved trees across the 75-acre site to obscure the 20-ft.-high security wall that surrounds the perimeter, in order to minimize the institutional feel and, in the words of one architect, to "let the inmates see all of the seasons." Benches and stone chessboards dot this jogging trail."

"There's also a recording studio with a professional mixing board. In-house music teachers — who refer to the inmates as "pupils," never "prisoners" — work with their charges on piano, guitar, bongos and more. Three members of Halden's security-guard chorus recently competed on Norway's version of American Idol. They hope to produce the prison's first musical — starring inmates — later this year."

"At Halden, rooms include en-suite bathrooms with ceramic tiles, mini-fridges and flat-screen TVs."

"To ease the psychological burdens of imprisonment, the planners at Halden spent roughly $1 million on paintings, photography and light installations. According to a prison informational pamphlet, this mural by Norwegian graffiti artist Dolk "brings a touch of humor to a rather controlled space." Officials hope the art — along with creative outlets like drawing classes and wood workshops — will give inmates "a sense of being taken seriously."

38 posted on 08/24/2012 9:10:02 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Conservatism is not a matter of convenience.)
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To: carlo3b

What does their food consist of mainly? What’s so bad about it? I’ve never had it or know very little about what they eat.


39 posted on 08/24/2012 9:19:31 AM PDT by tsowellfan (Voting for Obama/Biden is like purposely swallowing two tapeworms)
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OMG this is insane.

I am shocked. Only 21 years? I thought I was reading things wrong.

Look at that prison! It’s not even a prison. It’s an apartment! WTF?

Norway needs to get their stuff together and lock up criminals.

How much time do rapists and child molesters get? a month or 2?


40 posted on 08/24/2012 9:34:35 AM PDT by snowstorm12
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To: SeekAndFind

How many days for Bank Robbery? I may have to change my vacatation destination.


41 posted on 08/24/2012 9:42:33 AM PDT by trailboss800
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If someone kills Breivik, when he gets out, it might be worth it. You probably would only get one year. If you say it was an accident you could only get 3 months.


42 posted on 08/24/2012 9:56:13 AM PDT by snowstorm12
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To: SeekAndFind

This is why socialism is devoid of both mercy and justice, they lack the moral clarity to use a death penalty.


43 posted on 08/24/2012 12:44:44 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: SeekAndFind

“EuroJustice FTW!”

—Anders Brevik’s defense attorney


44 posted on 08/24/2012 4:21:08 PM PDT by lazypadawan
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To: Red Badger

I have traveled to Sweden, Denmark, and Germany.

I will never travel to Norway.

They obviously don’t value my life much since they don’t value their own citizens’ lives.


45 posted on 08/25/2012 4:39:16 PM PDT by american_ranger
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