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Webb asks SC to drop PAO appeal on Vizconde case By Benjamin B. Pulta 01/07/2011

Friday, January 7, 2011

Webb asks SC to drop PAO appeal on Vizconde case

By Benjamin B. Pulta 01/07/2011

Lawyers representing Hubert Webb are asking the Supreme Court (SC) to turn down a motion seeking the reversal of his acquittal in the Vizconde massacre case.

In a pleading filed through his lawyers led by Demetrio Custodio, Webb claimed that the Public Attorney’s Office has no legal authority to file the motion for reconsideration (MR) on behalf of widower Lauro Vizconde since the PAO, an attached agency of the Department of Justice (DoJ) that provides indigent litigants free legal assistance, lacked the power to prosecute a criminal case.

As such, Webb said, the high tribunal should order PAO lawyers who signed the MR to explain why they should not be cited in contempt for filing the pleading “despite knowing that they had no authority to do so.”

A total of 12 PAO lawyers, led by Chief Public Attorney Persida Rueda Acosta, assisted Lauro in filing the MR on the Dec. 14 decision of the SC acquitting the suspects in the killings of his wife Estrellita and daughters Carmela and Jennifer in 1991..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

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