Federal Judge Enters Judgment in Favor of Former Bolivian President and Minister of Defense

June 2018

On May 30, 2018, a federal judge granted a defense motion in favor of Williams & Connolly clients, former Bolivian President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada and Minister of Defense José Carlos Sánchez Berzaín. The court entered judgment for both defendants, ruling that no reasonable jury could find evidence sufficient to hold the former President of Bolivia and Defense Minister responsible for civilian deaths during violent protests in that country in 2003. This case represented the first time a former head of state was tried in a U.S. court.

The developments in this case have been reported on by Law360 and The American Lawyer. The win was also featured in Law360’s Legal Lions” list.

The Williams & Connolly team included Steve Raber, Ana Reyes, James Gillenwater, Suzanne Salgado, Giselle Barcia, and Jean Ralph Fleurmont.

Click here to view the Law360 article.

Click here to view The American Lawyer's Litigation Daily article.

Click here to view Law360’s “Legal Lions.”

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