Ghomeshi’s lawyer rejects suggestions she betrayed women

“I think justice was served.”

Marie Henein, criminal defence lawyer for CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi, is surrounded by media while arriving at court in Toronto on Thursday, February 26, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

Marie Henein, criminal defence lawyer for CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi, is surrounded by media while arriving at court in Toronto on Thursday, February 26, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

TORONTO – Jian Ghomeshi’s lawyer says she was just doing her job in representing the former CBC radio star in a high-profile sexual assault case, and that she was thrilled with the result.

Marie Henein spoke with Peter Mansbridge on CBC’s The National on Tuesday night in her first interview since Ghomeshi was acquitted of sexual assault charges in Toronto last Thursday.

Henein said it was the right result, and rejected accusations that she betrayed women by defending Ghomeshi.

She said female judges are not traitors when they acquit in sexual assault cases, nor supporters of women when they convict. Henein says they are just doing their jobs and that’s what she does.

Ghomeshi had pleaded not guilty to assaults alleged to have happened against three women from 2002 to 2003. There were protests after his acquittal and accusations that it was the three women who made the complaints against him who were put on trial.

Henein would not discuss specifics of the case because there is a 30-day window in which an appeal could be filed.

“I think justice was served,” Henein said.

“I think it is pretty significant that in one of the highest profile cases, in one of the cases where everybody had an opinion … that you knew, that you could walk into court and that there would be an impartial person that would decide on the evidence that is heard.”


Ghomeshi’s lawyer rejects suggestions she betrayed women

  1. Ghomeshi is probably bangin her.

  2. I find it interesting that there are feminist groups that feel that Henein has somehow betrayed women simply because she won her case. She is a damn good lawyer. Plain and simple. When male defence lawyers win their cases in sexual assault situations are these same questions asked of them? Why is she under so much scrutiny? Aren’t these same feminists simply being hypocritical by treating a female lawyer with far more vitriol than would ever be shown a male lawyer.

    • The left is just doing the only thing that they know how to: try to shutdown the conversation. Facts and logic are not on their side, so anything that they disagree with is racist, sexist, homophobic, etc.

  3. Feminists rally around a call for equality in the workforce, yet when a woman rises to the highest levels of her profession through hard work and intelligence, a large contingent of feminists does their best to tear her down …. while supporting people who were shown to have lied to them. It is often the same people talking out of both sides of their mouths …. sucking and blowing at the same time.
    I don’t get it. And I suspect many of them don’t either. That’s why those who rally for 2 diametrically opposed ideas can never be happy. If they get what they want on one hand, they are quite unhappy on the other hand.
    Henein was very good during the trial. Making her points forcefully, but not over the top. This is not the trial to rally around if you want to change the way sexual assault victims are treated. The “sexual” part of the assault was at best tenuous. As was the assault (none suffered significant physical injury). It is very rare that an assault such as this would be tried under normal circumstances …. because it was shown at trial that none of the “victims” suffered any significant harm that could be claimed as damages. If they weren’t chasing him for another go round, they got on with their lives …. as it should be.

    • Naive me was under the impression that sexual assault would consist of, at minimum, unwanted touching of private parts. So I found it quite bizarre that mere (consensual) kissing turned what might otherwise be labelled assault into sexual assault.

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