Law: A Question Of Money

Noriega's lawyers renew the debate over frozen fees

The Panama Defense Forces could not save his regime in the face of a U.S. military assault. Now his high-powered legal defense team claims it may not be able to defend his case in the face of U.S. legal action. In a surprise move last week, General Manuel Noriega's lawyers asked to be excused from representing him against drug-trafficking charges in Miami. Reason: uncertain fees. Because of a sweeping U.S. Government freeze on the general's assets, estimated at $20 million to $60 million, his lawyers maintained they could not be paid. Said defense attorney Steven Kollin: "I've been able to do...

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