"Crimes against humanity" possible charge against Breivik An obscure paragraph in Norwegian law, originally intended to handle the war crime "crimes against humanity" may possibly be the charge Breivik will face in the ordinary proceedings. If found guilty, the maximum penalty is, uniquely, 30 years, rather than the normal 21 years. In addition, he may be sentenced to "preventive confinement", if I've understood Norwegian criminal law correctly. Probably not, but I'm sure that our jurists are already working frenetically in formulating a legal justification WITHIN our current framework of law to ensure that Breivik gets what in the US is the established principle "jailed for life, without possibility of release". It will be a tortuous type of reasoning, I'm sure, so I wish we had the more straightforward American justification schemes present in our law. But, we don't have that..