katsav -  Archive: Tess Scheflan / Jini - December 30 2010
From left: Zion Amir, Avraham Lavie and Avigdor Feldman. Photo by Archive: Tess Scheflan / Jini
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During various stages of the case, one couldn't help but wonder what former President Moshe Katsav's defense would pull out of their sleeve next. First it was a plea bargain, which left everyone shocked at the minimal cost it carried for Katsav. Then it was the cancellation of the deal at the last minute. Today we will find out whether defense attorneys Avigdor Feldman, Zion Amir and Avraham Lavie have any other tricks up their sleeve.

"It's enough to read the first sentence of any court decision to know its conclusion," Feldman wrote in his blog.

Feldman, Amir and Lavie have all tried cases that have drawn media attention. Feldman is a senior criminal lawyer, a fighter for human rights and has served as defense attorney in many high-profile cases - including those involving spies, activists, and members of organized crime families. During the Katsav trial, he was responsible for questioning the main plaintiff, A., from the Tourism Ministry.

Zion Amir, who cross-examined Katsav on the witness stand, has represented persons charged with murder and money laundering, as well as former minister Gonen Segev, who was convicted of trying to import 30,000 ecstasy pills into Israel. Lavie, the youngest of the three, represented Shas MK Shlomo Benizri in the bribery case against him, and is also the defense attorney for the Schuldiner family, in the investigation involving Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

The three were aided by their own teams of lawyers, along with lawyers from the Katsav family.