By Amanda Brown
April 12, 2022
Tamara Lich, the Freedom Convoy protester currently on bail for charges relating to the Ottawa protests in February, has hired high-flying Ottawa defence lawyer, Lawrence Greenspon.
Lich was set to appear Monday morning before Superior Court Justice Robert Pelletier to ask the judge to reconsider some of her bail conditions. Her lawyer, Diane Magas, instead formally requested Lich’s change of counsel as Greenspon joined the virtual hearing.
Greenspon is an Ottawa-based lawyer who was the defence counsel in the Momin Khawaja terrorist trial, just one of the high-profile cases he’s handled.
Greenspon is a partner in the Ottawa firm Greenspon Granger Hill and is a specialist in both criminal defence and civil litigation. In August 2017, Senator Mike Duffy announced that he would sue the Senate of Canada and the RCMP for $8 million in lost income and general damages because of his suspension and hired Greenspon to represent him.
Lich is seeking revision of her bail conditions that currently severely limit her access to social media.
On March 7, 2022, Justice John M. Johnston released Lich from lockup with strict bail conditions.
“You are not to log on to social media or post any messages on social media…. You are not to allow anyone else to post messages on social media on your behalf or indicate your approval for any future protests so long as this release order is in place… you are not to engage in organization or promotion of anti-COVID 19 mandate activities and Freedom Convoy activities… You are not to verbally, or in writing, financially, or by any other means, support anything related to the Freedom Convoy,” said Johnston.
While Lich’s bail conditions align with her Charter right to be presumed innocent, the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) argues the conditions violate Lich’s rights to freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly.
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