Contributed by: Don WinnerThe lawyer Rogelio Cruz went this morning to the National Bar Association to file a brief stating the reasons why the Honor and Discipline Committee of the guild should close the case against him. Cruz said there is no evidence he delivered a cell phone to his client Fermín Antonio Taveras and he said it that had been the case, then it would not constitute a lack of work ethic. Moreover, he said the incident was the meeting between him and his client was video taped is proof that in this prison located in the headquarters of the National Police in Ancon, the rights of the detainees are being violated. The lawyer told local media that in the coming days he would be filing a criminal complaint against the Chief of the National Police, Julio Moltó. (Panama America)
Editor's Comment: I hope they make an example out of this guy. The Panamanian Bar Association has the legal right to issue a public admonition, and to suspend Cruz's license to practice law in Panama for up to one year (for the first offense.) For the second or subsequent offenses, they can suspend his license for a minimum of two years or more. The case was referred to the Bar Association by the Attorney General.