Contributed by: Don WinnerThe President of the Bar Association of Panama, Cesar Ruiloba said on the channel 2 TVN morning news that they have received from the hands of the Attorney General of the Nation, a report about the case in which a lawyer gave a cell phone to an inmate in prison. Ruiloba said they have referred this report to the Court of Honor of the Bar Association, where they will decide if there was a lack of ethics, or not. However, Rubiola confirmed it is prohibited to give objects to inmates without first informing the authorities at the time.
"This has other trims. There has to be a dialog with the prison system to see the conditions under which an attorney communicates with his client. I am not aware that there is a recording of the lawyer's voice talking to his client, but they have to do the investigations," he said. He also denounced that in the provinces there is no privacy between lawyers and inmates because the visitor sites are very small. (TVN)
Editor's Comment: The Bar Association of Panama is useless. There is no ethics among Panamanian lawyers. If you find an honest Panamanian lawyer, hold on to him, take good care of him, and treat him like solid gold. Someone, anyone - please point out a case in which a dishonest or corrupt Panamanian lawyer was disbarred for misconduct. They continue to get away with this kind of crap exactly because there is no strong enforcement or oversight of their actions. So, they can get away with whatever they want. So, they keep doing it. And they will continue to do it until the fundamental flaws in the system change. Not very likely.