People to People Lawyers Group to Cuba – Part 1

Jury Sign in CubaOur recent group of lawyers to Cuba learned a great deal about many aspects of Cuba and Cuban law.  One of the members of the trip – Richard Guerard of the firm Guerard, Kalina and Butkus noted the following:
While there are similarities in the law between the United States and Cuba, there are also some significant differences.  For instance:

  • There are no Miranda warnings given
  • A criminal defendant cannot be prosecuted for perjury in his own defense
  • Generally there is no plea bargaining and 95% of the cases brought are tried with a conviction rate similar to the U.S
  • There are no juries 

These are just a few of the many observations that our lawyers discovered.  Stay turn for more stories and tidbits from our travelers.

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