Corruption, influence peddling: a judge and three lawyers indicted


UA magistrate of the seat of the judicial court of Nanterre (Hauts-de-Seine) was indicted, Wednesday, May 18, by one of his colleagues, investigating judge of the judicial court of Versailles (Yvelines). He is implicated for “complicity in influence peddling” and illicit consultation of the Cassiopée file, which records information relating to the procedures. A kind of TAJ, the police file, more efficient – ​​in any case, “when it works”, as the magistrates are used to saying, who complain about its regular malfunctions.

In the same procedure, three criminal lawyers from the bar of Nanterre were indicted for corruption, among other counts. Among them, the ephemeral lawyer of Michel Zecler, the producer beaten up by several police officers, in November 2020, in his Parisian recording studio. The parquet floor of Versailles confirmed to the Point all these indictments.

“Turning off customers”

This case, revealed by The Parisian, had started in February 2021. A young woman, contractual at the Nanterre court, who acted as a bailiff’s clerk during the hearings, is suspected of having reduced clients in favor of lawyers, for compensation. She had been indicted for corruption at the end of her police custody.

During her appearance before the investigating judge, she denied having received any remuneration in exchange for her interventions. The investigation carried out by the financial section of the Hauts-de-Seine judicial police could only find a pair of branded tennis shoes as a gift offered by a lawyer – herself implicated. The young contract worker was also indicted for forgery and use of forgery after having availed herself of a false judicial summons to advance an appointment in order to obtain a consular pass while the flights to the country of origin of his parents were limited during the period of confinement.

Service or pass?

It is on this last point that the judge in question had to explain himself. He would have played the intermediary so that the young woman obtains an appointment more quickly in her attached consulate. Even if he is not the beneficiary of this “pass-right” and he only contacted a third party, who then intervened with the consular authorities, the offense is likely to be legally constituted, according to the magistrate. At this stage of the investigation, the police have not found any counterpart to the “service” rendered by this magistrate.

Maître Marie-Alix Canu-Bernard, the latter’s lawyer, did not wish to comment, apart from the fact that “a request for the nullity of the indictment will be filed in the coming days” before the instruction room.

Contacted, the lawyers for the defendants did not respond to our requests.


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