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The famous criminal lawyer, who notably defended Guy Georges, denounces the “non-adversarial” nature of the disciplinary procedure and calls for a stay of proceedings until the facts have been judged.
Exemplary decision or expeditious sanction? The case of lawyer Alex Ursulet, 64, known in particular for having defended serial killer Guy Georges, has been agitating the Paris bar for almost three years. Targeted by a complaint for rape, he was struck off by the order of the Paris bar on December 31, 2019. A first for such acts. In a scathing judgment, the members of the disciplinary council had considered it “guilty of serious breaches of the principles of the legal profession […] for having adopted inappropriate behavior towards a trainee, which manifested itself in manipulation, domination, harassment, for the purpose of carrying out acts of a sexual nature”. A dismissal that he has always contested. During the hearing held Thursday before the Paris Court of Appeal, his lawyers, Frédérique Pons, Marie Burguburu, Nathalie Carrère and Christian Charrière-Bournazel, denounced “a real shame for the profession”.
A radiation all the more incomprehensible, in their eyes, as it emanates from lawyers who are always quick to “sign petitions” and give “lessons of presumption of innocence”. But Alex Ursulet has not yet been judged. And if he is today indicted for the rape of one of his trainees, facts which he categorically disputes, he was a simple witness seated…