Title

Guatemala full of questions after genocide conviction annulled - (Quotes: Douglass Cassel) LA Times, May 21, 2013

Document Type

News Article

Publication Date

5-21-2013

Abstract

Guatemala full of questions after genocide conviction annulled - (Quotes: Douglass Cassel) LA Times, May 21, 2013

Article by Richard Fausset

"The method of avoiding justice in Guatemala has never been exclusively by the use of illegal force," said Douglass Cassel, a Notre Dame law professor and human rights law expert who has represented victims of Guatemalan violence in the Organization of American States' inter-American human rights justice system. "The legal systems in many Latin American countries in general, and in Guatemala in particular, for decades have been skewed in favor of the powerful and against the weak.

"In this case, in a very general way, you had enough forces to get a case going and carry it through, but they were up against very well-resourced Guatemalan lawyers who know how to work the system in support of their client."