Conflict & Justice

Devil's Advocate: the Legacy of Jacques Verges


The Devil's Advocate, Jacques Verges. (Photo: REUTERS/Charles Platiau)

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But how about Klaus Barbie, Slobodan Milosevic, and Carlos the Jackal?

Those are just some of the people that Verges defended, or gave legal advice as a lawyer.

Verges died Thursday in Paris. He was 88.

Stephane Durand-Souffland writes for the French newspaper Le Figaro. He remembers Verges as the lawyer who did not think of those he defended as criminals, but as men and victims.