There is Not a Lot to Love About This Lawyer

Published: Wednesday, 02/06/2008 12:00 am EST

You've heard of the Florence Nightingale effect, when nurses fall in love with their patients? Well, apparently there seems to be a similar effect amongst lawyers, what one might call the Jacques Vergès effect, when a lawyer falls in love with his clients. Jacques Vergès did this not once, but twice. The first time was during the case that made him famous in the 1960s, defending accused Algerian terrorist Djamila Bouhired, eventually marrying her once she was out of prison. And he did it again in the 1980s with Magdalena Kopp, wife of international terrorist Carlos the Jackal, while she was behind bars in Europe for her involvement in her husband's bomb plots.

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