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Mark Norman s lawyers target government over solicitor-client privilege claims

Mark Norman s lawyers target government over solicitor-client privilege claims
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OTTAWA -- Lawyers for Vice-Admiral Mark Norman and the federal government are back in court fighting over dozens of documents, including memos to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau from the country s top bureaucrat, Michael Wernick.

The government wants to keep that memo and numerous other documents secret, saying they represent legal advice and are covered by solicitor-client privilege.

Norman s legal team says federal lawyers have applied solicitor-client privilege too broadly, also noting that neither Trudeau nor Wernick are lawyers.

Justice Heather Perkins-McVey will determine whether the privilege has been properly applied and, if so, whether the documents should nonetheless be disclosed to ensure Norman gets a fair trial.

Norman s legal team believe the documents will boost their case for why the breach-of-trust charge against Norman has been tainted by political interference and should therefore be tossed.

Norman served as the military s second-in-command before being suspended and charged last year for allegedly leaking government secrets about a $700-million shipbuilding deal. He has denied any wrongdoing.
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