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Legal groups push back on social media criticism of Norris’ appointment to Federal Court

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 11:51 AM | By Amanda Jerome

The appointment of Justice John Norris, a former lawyer to Omar Khadr, to the Federal Court bench may have received criticism on social media, but legal associations are coming forward in support of the decision.

Michael Lacy, Criminal Lawyers’ Association president“The criticisms are completely unwarranted. The duty of the criminal defence lawyer is to advocate on behalf of his or her clients no matter how distasteful the allegations or how despised the person is,” said Michael Lacy, president of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association (CLA).

Justice Norris...