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Posted: 12/15/2003 5:29:43 AM EDT
Sounds like a real scumbag. I was figuring on Ramsey Clark.

Jacques Vergès (born March 5, 1925) is a controversy-seeking French lawyer.

Throughout his career as an attorney, Vergès primarily took political cases, and his clients included both left and right-wing terrorists. He has defended the nazi criminal Klaus Barbie (1987), Ilich Ramirez Sanchez a.k.a. Carlos the Jackal (1994), the Kekal faction (1995), the Holocaust-denier Roger Gaurady (1996) and Slobodan Milosevic (2002).

Born in Thailand and brought up on the Réunion island, he was the son of Raymond Vergès, a French diplomat, and a Vietnamese woman. He joined the Communist party on Reunion and in 1942 he became part of the Free French Forces under Charles de Gaulle. After the war, while his brother Paul was imprisoned for murdering a political rival to their father, Jacques went to the Sorbonne to study law. In 1949 he became president of the AEC (Association for Colonial Students), where he met and befriended Pol Pot. In 1950 at the request of his Communist mentors he went to Prague to lead a youth organization for four years.

Returning to France he became a attorney and sought controversial cases. During the struggle in Algiers he defended many accused of terrorism, with the goal of public attention, not legal victory. He also left the French Communist Party following their political move towards the Fourth Republic.

Vergès became a nationally-known figure following his defense of Djamila Bouhired, on terrorism charges. She was condemned to death but freed following public pressure and married Vergès. Vergès, himself was sentenced to sixty days in 1960 and lost his license to officially practice law for "anti-state activities".

Just out of prison he used his publicity tactics to defend the Jeanson network. It was during a ferocious cross examinations that Paul Teitgen, commander of the Algerian police, publicly admitted to the use of torture.

Following Algiers, Vergès moved onto Israel - he opposed Israel's existence as a base for neo-imperialism in the Middle East and when the wave of PFLP hijackings started in 1968 Vergès often appeared in court to defend them. Then from 1970-78 he disappeared from public view without explanation. He returned with the same anti-France and anti-Israel agenda as before, defending any terrorists with a political cause, almost all of whom were found guilty. As well as attacking governments in 1999 Vergès sued Amnesty International on behalf of the government of Togo.


en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Verges
Link Posted: 12/15/2003 5:31:25 AM EDT
Considering his track record, I'm not too worried... I'm still waiting for Kubi (however you spell it) or Johnny Cochran tostick their heads up...
Link Posted: 12/16/2003 5:25:12 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/16/2003 5:25:50 AM EDT by raven]
Ahhh, good ol' Ramsey Clark didn't let me down. This a-hole is a director of ANSWER, the communist peace activist wing of the World Workers' Party. He advised Saddam Hussein (as well as Kim Jong-Il, Milosevic and Mugabe) in their confrontations with the West. [b]Ex-U.S. Attorney General Ready To Defend Saddam[/b] By Mustafa Abdel-Halim, IOL Staff CAIRO, December 15 (IslamOnline.net) – Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsy Clarke expressed readiness Sunday, December 14, to act as defense lawyer for ousted Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, with western analysts suspecting the captured leader would be given fair trial. "Certainly, why not. I am ready to act in his defense," Clarke told IslamOnline.net shortly after the U.S. confirmed the detention of Saddam near Tikrit. Clarke, currently in Cairo to attend a two-day international anti-occupation conference, stressed that Saddam – however brutal – should be give a "fair, objective and impartial trial". "Saddam must be domestically prosecuted first and - if this fails - he should be referred to an international court," said the former American official, known for his staunch opposition to the U.S.-led invasion and occupation of Iraq. He doubted, however, that the ousted Iraqi president would be given such a fair trial. Clarke averred that neither the U.S.-installed Interim Governing Council (IGC) nor the occupation forces is eligible to try the overthrown president. "The IGC does not represent Iraq. It is Bush's council," said the former U.S. attorney general. He noted that the Iraqi body was quick to say that DNA test proved the captured man was Saddam. "Do you think that they can take the test themselves. They are puppets," Clarke maintained. For the occupation forces to take over the trial, he dismissed this as a would-be ridiculous proposal. "Occupation of Iraq is in itself an international crime" and runs counter to common decency and moral integrity. Asked if Saddam could be taken to the International Criminal Court, the former U.S. attorney general whimsically ruled out the suggestion, noting Washington does not even recognize the court. [url]http://www.islamonline.net/English/News/2003-12/15/article02.shtml[/url]
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