Two lawyers sentenced to prison terms in separate cases

Thursday was a bad day for two lawyers.

In the Tribunal Penal de Pérez Zeledón Thursday one lawyer got seven years and six months for illegally exercising the profession while he was suspended from the Colegio de Abogados.

In the I Circuito Judicial Tribunal Penal de San José another lawyer got 10 years for attempting to introduce cocaine into the San Sebastián lockup.

The case in Pérez Zeledón involved Edgar Prendas Matarrita, who had been suspended by the colegio. He also was charged with fraud and falsification of documents.

He was accused of working as a lawyer from 2010 to 2013 while suspended.

In San José, the accused was Willy Ruíz González, the former president of the Asociación de Estudiantes de Derecho of the Universidad de Costa Rica, said the Poder Judicial.

The allegation was that July 10 a prison guard spotted Ruiz  attempting to give a jailed client a small package that contained cocaine.

The Poder Judicial said that the lawyer represented the prisoner in court and the meeting was a routine one.

Both lawyers were ordered to be jailed for preventative detention while the sentences are reviewed.

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