Criminal lawyer Marie Henein will defend top RCN sailor

The highly-secret reasons for the removal of Vice Admiral Mark Norman from his position of vice-chief of the defense staff will be challenged in court by none other than Marie Henein, the ace lawyer who guided broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi to a complete acquittal last year. Henein is saying today that her client is a victim of “bureaucratic crossfire” and stresses the need for a rapid resolution to the charges. She notes his 30 years of honourable service to the country. At the time of the vice admiral’s suspension, the CBC wrote a story which hinted broadly the government was alleging that he had somehow helped a firm competing for a shipbuilding contract. Canada is in the midst of deciding what type of new frigates it needs.