Garzón loses appeal

September 8, 2010

The Spanish Supreme Court announced yesterday that, at a session held in late July, it voted to reject the appeal filed by Judge Baltasar Garzón in his trial for prevaricación, or knowingly overstepping his judicial boundaries, and not to allow Garzón’s defense to call on other judges as expert witnesses on crimes without statute of limitations. When Garzón opened an investigation of crimes committed as part of Francoist repression, he argued that, as crimes against humanity, these were not covered by any statute of limitations or the 1977 Amnesty Laws.  “No trial date has been set. Garzon’s lawyer Gonzalo Martinez-Fresneda said four other procedural appeals are still pending,” the  Associate Press reports.