is collecting More reactions than signatures. the petition launched on November 26 on the change.org platform by Francesca Marcellan from Padua, an employee of the Ministry of Culture, to ask to the lawyer Giovanni Caruso to resign from the defense of Filippo Turettathe twenty-two-year-old young man from Torreglia who killed his ex-girlfriend on November 11 Giulia Cecchettin, his pair from Vigonovo. The two boys attended the University of Padua, where the Professor Caruso He is a professor of Criminal Law, and who on February 2 will present the victim’s relatives with a commemorative degree in Biomedical Engineering.
Victims and executioners
Marcellan writes: «If the University of Padua is really close to women victims of violence, becomes alien to the defense of someone who committed a brutal murder and whose guilt is beyond doubt. You can’t be with them at the same time. Victims and with the executioners! “Caruso renounces Turetta’s defense or, failing that, the University of Padua publicly disassociates itself from the totally inappropriate choice of the professor.”
From Tuesday to yesterday the signatures increased from 163 to 233, the next goal is 500. When consulted, the rector Daniela Mapelli declared: «Incredible request. We have reached a short circuit for a democratic country, where everyone has the right to defense, including Mr. Turetta. Furthermore, the University could never tell Professor Caruso, a very good professor who also practices as a freelancer, whether or not he can defend someone.” The wall of solidarity around the criminal is made of granite, who prefers silence. «The rules of the rule of law require that the right of defense be guaranteed to all people accused of having committed any crime – recalls Francesco Rossi, president of the Padua Bar Association —. They are rules that are based on the presumption of innocence enshrined in our Constitution. But also and above all in the principle that the method, the rules by which the verification of any responsibility, is more important than the end, that is, the very determination of the subject’s guilt or not. The only fair sentence is the one that is pronounced in accordance with the rules that we have all given ourselves.” «We live in very dark times if Rector Mapelli is forced to explain that Filippo Turetta, despite having committed a very serious crime and an unforgivable crime, he still has the right to be defended by his trusted lawyer,” adds Pierantonio Zanettin, senator and leader of the Forza Italia group in the Justice Commission.
the former defender
Emanuele Compagno, Turetta’s former defender, intervenes in the debate: «The role of the lawyer should not be confused with that of the person responsible for a crime. Even towards me he seemed relieved. the crude equation that turns the suspect’s defender into an accomplice. It is obscurantism.” The Union of Italian Criminal Courts and the Governing Council are close to Caruso of the Italian teachers association of criminal law (“The defense that Caruso is exercising, legitimately, cannot call into question the civic and ethical sharing of the fight against gender violence that we, as teachers of criminal law, develop in teaching”) and the students . «The ignominy and atrocity of the murder of a young woman is incontrovertible – writes Giovanni Liut, law student and student representative, in an open letter —. Giulia’s tragedy, so close to us, shocked and devastated us. But to think about denying someone constitutionally guaranteed procedural protections is an abomination.”