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Borgström Digs Ditch Deeper Still
The competition is mega-tough.
STOCKHOLM (Rixstep) — Who's the better lawyer? Elisabeth Massi Fritz or Claes Borgström? An irrelevant question? OK so who's worse? Another hard call. After the recent Fritz scandal, it seems Borgström wants to get back in the race as Sweden's most devious demagogue ever.
Most people remember Borgström as the excellent attorney who successfully defended an innocent man (Sture Bergwall aka Thomas Quick) to eight convictions for murders he didn't commit, partly by helping a corrupt prosecutor to deliberately withhold evidence from six separate courts.
Then things blew up again, in the wake of the publication of Hannes Råstam's exposé, when Borgström's drinking buddy, supreme clown Göran Lambertz, made a series of embarrassing last ditch attempts to save Borgström's crushed reputation.
Then things blew up yet again when it was found that Borgström, along with two other members of the 'Quick mafia', was actually coaching the supreme court justice from the sidelines.
The Swedish bar association's disciplinary board convened and by a close margin decided to not fell Borgström. Amongst the three dissenters was the head of the bar, Anne Ramberg. Now that things have been quiet for a while and Bergwall/Quick's now been acquitted of all eight convictions, the not exactly camera-shy Borgström goes back on the attack today.
And this time he's attacking the bar association and Anne Ramberg.
In a piece to be published today, Borgström questions the honesty of the bar. The bar were to have asked Borgström if there could be any further correspondence between him and his supreme court justice friend. This, in Borgström's patented way of twisting things, now becomes a violation of - the European Convention.
'It's like asking if you've committed any further burglaries, then threatening with more stir', says the artful jurist.
But Borgström doesn't stop there. He attacks the bar for asking him to comment on an email exchange where he was neither recipient nor sender. 'That's outright harassment!' pens the shifty Claes. 'There's no reason for them to ask me to comment on correspondence that's not mine!'
'They have jeopardised rule of law!' says the man who conspired to convict an innocent man eight times over. 'They shouldn't be allowed to remain at their jobs!'
Talk about pot and kettle. Anne Ramberg has no comment on this latest stunt by Borgström.
Claes Borgström became known internationally as the politician cum lawyer who reopened the case against Julian Assange that chief prosecutor Eva Finné had already dismissed. Borgström had worked with the redoubtable Marianne Ny, caught lying to TIME back in December 2010 about questioning Assange in the UK, on creating even stranger sex laws in the Scandinavian country - a development he could capitalise on in his sideline capacity as a private attorney.
The rest is, as they say, history, with Borgström conducting an incessant show trial against Assange in the media, to the point Sofia Wilén finally tired of him and instead retained Massi Fritz, herself not exactly star material.
The following section has an extensive bibliography on Claes Borgström. Be sure to not miss his exciting escapades on the streets of Stockholm only minutes before Ecuador announced their asylum for Julian Assange.
The Swedish case against Julian Assange has been rotten from the start, with news sites, radio and television media, and the country's judicial system all showing signs of deep systemic corruption and rampant cronyism.
Flashback: The Big Claes Borgström Thread
Industry Watch: Quick #4
Industry Watch: Claes Borgström's Bill
Industry Watch: Claes Borgström - Defence Attorney?
Industry Watch: Claes Borgström: 'I feel deeply violated'
Industry Watch: Assange Case: Anna Ardin's Shitfaced Lawyer
Industry Watch: Claes Borgström Reported to Justice Chancellery
Industry Watch: Desperate attempt by Borgström, Lambertz to save reputation
The Technological: How to Earn a Cool Half Million
Learning Curve: Swedish Criminal Code: 'Rape Doesn't Have to be Unpleasant'
Red Hat Diaries: Circus Quick
Red Hat Diaries: Borgström & Quick
Red Hat Diaries: The Claes Borgström Interview
Red Hat Diaries: Julian Assange & Claes Borgström
Red Hat Diaries: Quick: My Final Chat with Borgström