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Defending Khadr

By jimstaro - Posted on 02 January 2011

Defending Khadr shows Edmonton's mettle

January 2, 2011 - In a coffee shop near the provincial museum, Edmonton lawyer Dennis Edney let his cup of java get cold.

He was too busy describing Guantanamo Bay military prison and his meeting with a very controversial client, Canadian Omar Khadr, silent and in chains.

As we talked, Edney watched the e-mail on his BlackBerry. He paused to read another message attacking him for defending "that terrorist." Edney couldn't resist responding. He has turned around a lot of critics by explaining the need to fight for the right to a fair trial, he said.

As I listened, I thought how remarkable this scene was. Of all the lawyers in Canada, it was two men from Edmonton, Edney and Nate Whitling, who took on the Khadr case, one of the most important legal battles since the 9/11 bombings, certainly the most controversial.

This case goes to fundamental principles -- the rule of law and the balance between security and preserving the legal rights that define our democracy. Indeed, this is a cautionary tale that we mustn't take these rights for granted. {continued}

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