Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Torture trial brings Nashville lawyer face to face with Salvadoran atrocities

This week's cover story in The Nashville Scene features the story of a Nashville lawyer who tried a torture case against an ex-military official from El Salvador for the commission of crimes against humanity twenty-five years ago.

The subject of the feature, David Esquivel, won the Tennessee Bar Association's Harris A. Gilbert Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award for his volunteer efforts in the case, which were supported by his Nashville firm Bass, Berry & Sims.

The perpetrator, Nicols Carranza, is a naturalized U.S. citizen who was formerly "vice minister of El Salvador's military and director of the Treasury Police," according to the Scene. The end result is that Carraza "was found civilly liable for four instances of torture and/or murder," and that a $6 million judgment was also entered against him. Read the article for more background.

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