Former Omar Khadr lawyer appointed federal judge

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Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould announced that Toronto-based lawyer John Norris has been appointed as a justice in federal court. Norris was one of Khadr’s two lawyers from August 2011 until they stepped down in January 2013. The lawyer has taken on several other high-profile criminal cases involving murder, suspected terrorism and sexual assault. According to his website, he has appeared in the Supreme Court of Canada about 20 times.

Norris is also an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law and has worked with several legal advocacy organizations over the years.

The Trudeau government’s appointment of Norris led to online criticism Tuesday. Several Twitter users expressed surprise that Trudeau — after agreeing to give Khadr a $10.5-million payout — would also appoint his lawyer as a judge.

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This is one appointment that is certainly raising eyebrows and questions in Canada. – CINEWS

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