Lawyers are allies or enemies of the accused so that the system works

This text belongs to 'Dossier Negro', a newsletter inspired by the podcast of the same name, which Enrique Figueredo will send on Wednesdays on a biweekly basis.

Oliver Thansan
Oliver Thansan
02 April 2024 Tuesday 10:32
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Lawyers are allies or enemies of the accused so that the system works

This text belongs to 'Dossier Negro', a newsletter inspired by the podcast of the same name, which Enrique Figueredo will send on Wednesdays on a biweekly basis. If you want to receive it, sign up here.

There is a very high number of people accused of terrible crimes who maintain against all odds that they are innocent, that they did not kill or rape their victims. They are firm and even convincing about their innocence, even though the evidence strongly indicates the opposite. That of Serafín Cervilla, convicted of the murder of his 24-year-old girlfriend in 1999, is one of those cases in which, in addition to the convicted person, his lawyers maintain the innocence of his sponsor at all costs. The latest installment of Dossier Negro contains the testimony of lawyers who maintain loyalty to their client despite the years.

If there is a lawyer who can be said to have been involved in many of the economic criminal law cases in recent Spanish history, it is the Canarian Cristóbal Martell. He has appeared in a long series of proceedings and represented well-known figures: Gürtel, Nóos, Mercuri, Palau or Neymar and Messi. Among his latest clients has been the footballer Daniel Alves, although just before going to trial he changed him for a lawyer.

Accusing finger. The lawyer José María Fuster-Fabra was already a renowned jurist, who had accused ETA members and defended members of all police forces, such as General Galindo of the Civil Guard, when he gained enormous repercussion during the trial for the Madrid attacks. of 11-M, in which he accused the defendants on behalf of the victims.

Without a rest. The death of the young woman from Vigo Déborah Fernández Cervera Neira, which occurred in 2002, is a case still unsolved. Beyond the family, who for decades has not stopped fighting so that the case would not be forgotten, lawyer Ramón Amoedo has dedicated years to proving that it was not a random death but a homicide.

Persevere. Juan Carlos Navarro took six female victims who survived the attacks of Jorge Ignacio Palma, the individual who killed the young Valencian Marta Calvo, who was also known as the cocaine murderer. The lawyer suffered a heart attack in the middle of the trial and, a few days later, he returned to the courtroom.

Historical. The Nuremberg trials or the Nuremberg trials were a set of hearings conducted by international courts during which those responsible for Nazi Germany were tried and accused of abuses and crimes against humanity. Prosecutors and lawyers had to do their job thoroughly, as reflected in the recreation of those days made in the film Victors or Losers that can be seen on Movistar.