"He's well-balanced as a prosecutor," Moustacalis said. "He has a good reputation for good judgment but also trial skills." Though the Ghomeshi case has made international headlines, Callaghan himself is unlikely to seek the spotlight. Crown lawyers tend to keep a low profile because "their professional ethics dictate that they do their talking in the court," unlike defence lawyers, who have no such constraints, Moustacalis said. What's more, he said, Callaghan is "more easy-going" than Marie Henein, the defence lawyer he will face in the courtroom.
"He's well-balanced as a prosecutor."
Jian Ghomeshi, left, and his lawyer Marie Henein arrive at court in Toronto on Jan. 8, 2015. More than a year since the allegations against Jian Ghomeshi sent shock waves across the country, his highly anticipated trial is set to begin in Toronto on Monday. (CP)——— Ghomeshi's defence lawyer Marie Henein She's been likened to Hannibal Lecter for her ability to zero in on people's weaknesses, but the lawyer representing Jian Ghomeshi is also known for fighting for those who can't defend themselves, one of her peers says. The former CBC host's file is the latest in a series of high-profile cases that have earned Marie Henein a reputation as a clever and tireless defence lawyer who leaves no stone unturned in preparing for trial, said Jonathan Rosenthal, a Toronto criminal lawyer. "She's certainly one of the go-to lawyers in the city Toronto," said Rosenthal, who has known Henein since she was a law student. A protegee of the late Edward Greenspan and Marc Rosenberg, Henein is equally comfortable arguing at trial or appeals, and takes on a considerable amount of pro bono work, he said.
Henein, who he described as a "fearless advocate," helped organize the duty counsel system at the Ontario Court of Appeal so that people could be fairly represented. "You read about all the high-profile cases Marie does, but she's someone who does a lot of work for free," Rosenthal said. Taking on the case of former Ontario attorney general Michael Bryant, who was charged with criminal negligence causing death and dangerous driving causing death in 2009, was a turning point in her career, he said. The charges against Bryant were withdrawn before the case went to trial. In his memoir, Bryant later said his lawyer seemed to "channel Hannibal Lecter" for her ability to "find a person's deepest frailties and exploit them." She has also represented former junior hockey coach David Frost, who was acquitted on sexual exploitation charges, and American rapper Ja Rule, who pleaded guilty to an assault charge over a fight at a Toronto nightclub. Henein has made Canadian Lawyer magazine's list of most influential lawyers for several years. ———
"She's certainly one of the go-to lawyers in the city Toronto."
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