Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Trial Date for Lozano

Mario Lozano's Trial was adjourned today until May 14th, Raw Story has a full account. In an interesting development, the postponement occured with agreement of defense and prosecution and the request of a lawyer retained by Sgrena.

Italian law allows for joint criminal and civil proceedings. This is news to me. It seems that lawyers for Giuliana Sgrena and Rosa Calipari have petioned to have a wrongful death/civil liability suit joined to the prosecution. While I expected a civil suit I was unaware that it would be concurrent with the criminal case.

This is certainly a complication. Mario has retained Ed Hayes a well known New York criminal defense attorney. He will be working with Alberto Biffani, the Italian counsel retained for Mario by the Army. Ed is confident of defeating the criminal case, the civil case is a complication, to say the least. The defense team now has four weeks to craft and execute a defense strategy. While Biffani is being paid by the Army, Ed Hayes and other civilian co-counsels are not.

Mario still needs help to defeat this unjust prosecution, and now unfounded lawsuit. It is amazing to this soldier that Sgrena, who decided to visit a war zone of her own accord and expected her government to risk lives and resources to rescue her is now suing someone else for her misfortune.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I could not access Raw Story but I followed the story in the Italian media. My suggestion would be to continue to focus on the criminal case, I understood the civil action to be against the Pentagon in general, not Lozano.

I think the PR push was great, but needs to be continued. The Italians did not like it, but too bad. Lozano needs to get US support and cause PR problems for Italy. Then they will end this nonsense.

I notice how Sgrena thinks it criminal that Lozano defends himself at all, that clearly was not anticipated.

Wed Apr 18, 04:44:00 AM 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again, I think you should try to get Lozano on the O'Reilly Factor. He is very influential and will get the Italian ambassador or some other official on the show and make them squirm. It's important that the Italian government start to fell some discomfort over this, so far they've had a free ride, although I imagine a State Department official frowned.

Ahem, how about New York's senators. Actually, Hillary would be a good choice since this would provide her a platform to "support the troops".

A better candidate to advance Lozano's case would be Guilliani. Just a thought.

Wed Apr 18, 05:40:00 AM 2007  

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