Christie Blatchford: first-degree murder defendant who represented herself ‘fired lawyer after lawyer’

TORONTO — Xiu Jin Teng, the accused killer who regularly shrieked “I need defence lawyer!” and blasted the judge for denying her counsel, in fact went through lawyers like dung through the proverbial goose.

Since first being charged in March of 2012 in connection with her husband Dong Huang’s death, Teng had no fewer than five defence lawyers on the record for her, all of them paid through the public purse, via Legal Aid Ontario or directly by the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney...

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