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Dan Miller


December 30, 2011 - 2:33 pm

No, not for trying to help Chávez appear to be sane, something Chávez has rarely if ever managed.

Instead, it was reported here that

CARACAS – Psychiatrist and former university chancellor Edmundo Chirinos, who says that President Hugo Chavez was his patient, asked the Venezuelan head of state for a pardon to avoid serving the rest of a 20-year prison sentence for homicide.

“I’ve been detained for more than a year in Yare III (prison), in a cell unusually inadequate for a person of 77, very sick,” wrote Chirinos in an open letter to Chavez and Attorney General Luisa Ortega Diaz.

The well-known psychiatrist and academic, who was also a presidential candidate in the 1988 elections, was sentenced on Sept. 29, 2010, for the July murder of one of his patients, 19-year-old college student Roxana Vargas.

“Open letter?”  Seeking public sympathy to move el Thugo? Well, elections are coming soon.

One must wonder what beans el Doctor Chirinos could spill if given the requested pardon and permitted to blab about Chávez’ state of mind. Or, maybe better, why he didn’t off Chavez.  In jail, there seems to be little chance of either. Out of jail as well, for that matter.

Still, it could be even more interesting than what Chávez’ cat or former mistress(es) might have to say.

Dan Miller graduated from Yale University in 1963 and from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1966. He retired from the practice of law in Washington, D.C., in 1996 and has lived in a rural area in Panama since 2002.
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