Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

ASTC Pro Bono Initiative Helping Bring Baby Doc to Justice: Not a Pediatric Medical Malpractice Case (The Jury Box)

By Edward P. Schwartz, The Jury Box June 23, 2011 The Baby Doc in question is none other than Jean Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, former dictator of Haiti (1971-1986), following the death of his father, Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier. Amid the chaos following the devastating earthquake in Haiti, and the mess that was the Haitian presidential elections, Baby Doc Duvalier somehow managed to fly from France to Haiti, not withstanding the absence of a valid passport. There is a lot of speculation and uncertainty surrounding his decision to return to Haiti. Duvalier, of course, claims that he returned to help his country recover. Most outside observers ascribe to him more pedestrian and self-serving motives. Among other things, there is a bank account frozen in Switzerland containing $6 million in Duvalier’s name. It is possible that returning to Haiti might have […]

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