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Death of Jean-Louis Pelletier, former lawyer of Mesrine: a great voice goes out

Lawyer Jean-Louis Pelletier, in 2010. François BOUCHON/Le Figaro

DISAPPEARANCE – The memory of the criminal lawyer, an essential figure in the bar, is hailed by his peers.

Lawyer Jean-Louis Pelletier died Tuesday at the age of 86. A huge figure at the bar, he is known for having defended several big names in organized crime in the 1970s and 1980s, starting with Jacques Mesrine.

We remember him for some of this clientele that has remained in the annals of the courts – the Marseille godfather Francis Vanverberghe known as Francis “the Belgian”, Marcel Barbeault alias “the killer of the Oise”, the multi-recidivist Lionel Cardon, Valérie Subra (the ‘“bait”), the robber Rédoine Faïd… But he was of this race of criminals capable, despite their notoriety, of traveling hundreds of kilometers to try to save the day in pathetic cases from strangers who paid them little , or even not.

Born in 1936 in Hyères (Var), Jean-Louis Pelletier had an extraordinary voice, tinged with a southern accent, which in its time had impressed Émile Pollak, champion of the Marseille bar. This voice thundered in an attempt to avoid the guillotine to several of its…

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