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Marie Henein

Marie Henein on “Split Seconds Matter”

“In the end, it was the right decision. The prosecution concluded that there was no reasonable likelihood of Michael Bryant’s conviction. I believe that there was no other reasonable conclusion. Some of the best lawyering often happens outside the public view. I have come to believe that I could have done no better at a trial then I did out of the view of the public in this case.

“I am breaking my rule of no case comment, because I can think of no case I have been involved in where the public and legal community’s interest in it was so intense. And while I stopped reading the newspaper articles because I found it too distracting, I couldn’t get away from the legal community’s oft-expressed sentiment. The truth is that Michael Bryant was well-loved by the legal community. Many identified with him, many knew him personally, and many were utterly grief-stricken over his situation. The pressure to get the right result was, to be honest, overwhelming at times. Nothing in law school gets one ready for this amount of scrutiny. One’s failure will be as notorious as one’s success, and the legal community, just like the public, loves both stories equally voraciously.”

Excerpt from Tough Crimes: True Cases by Top Canadian Criminal Lawyers
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