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article imageJian Ghomeshi puts up his dukes and hires pitbull lawyer

By Marcus Hondro     Nov 5, 2014 in Crime
The disgraced Jian Ghomeshi sent a strong signal today that he is not going to go quietly into the sexual assault night. Mr. Ghomeshi hired Marie Henein of Henein Hutchison LLP, known as one of the toughest and most tenacious lawyers in Toronto.
The former host of CBC radio's Q has not been charged with anything as yet but that may be only a matter of time. Earlier this week the police opened up an investigation on the 47-year-old and said that three women have filed a complaint with them. Mr. Ghomeshi is being investigated for sexual abuse and assault.
“Marie Henein is very meticulous and an effective cross examiner,” former crown attorney turned defense counsel, Calvin Barry, told the Toronto Sun. “She is highly respected by the bar and bench. She is always a formidable opponent in the courtroom...(and) a credit to the profession and a staunch defender of the Charter.”
Some use stronger language when extolling Henein, such as her highest profile client to date, former Ontario Attorney-General, Michael Bryant. She successfully defended Bryant on charges of criminal negligence causing death and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death after the tragic death of bike courier Darcy Allan Sheppard in 2009.
His description of her talents seem to fit nicely into the kind representative Jian Ghomeshi may need. In his memoir published this year, 28 Seconds, Bryant wrote his lawyer "seemed to channel Hannibal Lecter," adding that she was able "to find a person’s deepest frailties and exploit them.”
There may initially be awkwardness between Mr. Ghomeshi and his lawyer as last week at a dinner in honour of past presidents of the Criminal Lawyers Assoc., she made the following joke to the room: “As criminal lawyers we represent people who have committed heinous acts. Acts of violence. Acts of depravity. Acts of cruelty. Or as Jian Ghomeshi likes to call it, foreplay.”
There are reportedly now some 11 women who claim to have been assaulted by Ghomeshi, most describing, among other things, being punched and choked. He has denied such actions. It appears he did not hire a high-profile criminal lawyer until the news spread of the police investigation.
The first male to make accusations stepped forward today. A former student who worked with Ghomeshi on a project at York University, Jim Hounslow, said that more than 20 years ago in an elevator at the university Ghomeshi grabbed his genitals and fondled them. Hounslow is the fourth of the 12 in total to allow his name to be used. He has not filed a complaint.
Also on this day, the CBC filed a petition in Toronto court to have the $55 million lawsuit Ghomeshi launched against them thrown out of court, calling it "frivolous." And finally, Mr. Ghomeshi is rumored to be staying with a relative in Los Angeles.
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