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  • A river, about 1,287 km (800 mi) long, of northeast Brazil flowing northeast to the Atlantic Ocean.

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  • However, in those days, Olson had a right to apply for an early parole hearing under Sec. 745 of the Criminal Code, the so-called faint-hope clause.

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  • How can anyone pick the small number of winners from among the legions of companies with dubious promoters and faint-hope deposits?

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  • His incessant demands for parole led to an amendment of the Criminal Code barring multiple murderers from applying for early parole under the "faint-hope clause," and his ability to collect pension and old age income supplements resulted in the passage of Bill C-31 denying such payments to prisoners while they are incarcerated.

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  • Behind bars, Mr. Olson appealed for a new trial and early parole under faint-hope clauses, petitioned for parole on all but one opportunity after he had served 25 years behind bars and used the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to mount dozens of frivolous and vexatious challenges.

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  • He appealed for a new trial and early parole under faint-hope clauses, petitioned for parole on all but one opportunity after he had served 25 years behind bars, and used the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to mount dozens of frivolous and vexatious challenges.

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  • An access-to-information request by The Canadian Press shows an internal Justice Department report supporting the faint-hope clause, written by bureaucrats, was withheld from parliamentarians while they debated the Tory bill last year.

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  • The faint-hope law allowed convicted murderers to apply for parole after serving only 15 years of their life sentences.

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  • But victims' groups lobbied for its repeal, prompted in part by Clifford Olson's faint-hope application in 1997 after serving 15 years for the murders of 11 young men and women.

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  • The checks and balances in the faint-hope system included vetting of early-parole application requests by a judge, and review by the Parole Board of Canada and by a 12-member jury of citizens, whose decision must be unanimous.

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  • Olson and the 'faint-hope clause' In August 1997, after serving 15 years of his sentence, Olson appeared in a Surrey courtroom asking for an early parole hearing.

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