Marie Heinin is the go-to criminal defence attorney in Toronto. She is the epitome of success- smart, sought after and tough. Someone feminists should love. She is competing and winning in a man's world.
But such is not the case. She has been maligned for defending Jian Ghomesi and presenting an air-tight case that got him judged not guilty.
She has admitted in interviews that she is not a warm, fuzzy person. It's good thing, considering her chosen occupation. She isn't practicing sleazy personal injury law, but criminal defence. Her job is to provide a defence for those charged with criminal acts. Because she is so tough and smart, she has had a stable of rich and famous clients. She has worked hard for her success and wealth and doesn't expect to win popularity contests. She does her job and does it so well that she is able to pick and choose her cases. No where does it say that as a woman, she must not defend a man charged with sexual assault. The criminal justice system guarantees that one is innocent until proven guilty. Marie Heinin did her job with great skill and showed that the evidence did not prove beyond reasonable doubt that Ghomeshi was guilty of sexual assault.
It is a shame that feminists do not celebrate her success. The cases she takes are nasty and she is supposed to defend her clients and show that they didn't commit the crime or crimes they are accused of. She does exactly that. She is not a betrayer of her own sex.
I've been writing on and off for years and this is where my more serious pieces will be.