Monday, September 05, 2005

Police to monitor lawyers for gangs

According to El Diario de Hoy, the National Police are going to direct efforts towards identifying lawyers who are profiting from representing gang members. The PNC asserts that fees paid to such lawyers are the product of gangs extorting bus drivers, small business people and prostitutes. The PNC rejected the argument that its focus on defense lawyers was an attempt to divert attention from the failures of the PNC to investigate crimes and to develop evidence which will stand up in court. The PNC went so far as to question the morality of lawyers who would agree to represent gang members arrested for homicides or other serious crimes.

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