Chapter

A Citizen Seeking Justice

Maura E. Hametz

in In the Name of Italy

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780823243396
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780823243433 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823243396.003.0006
A Citizen Seeking Justice

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This chapter shows how Fascist policies for cultural nationalization and Italianization tested Fascist authorities, and challenged jurists caught between impulses to maintain and protect Italian Liberal legal traditions and liberties and responsibilities to uphold the law as it was being redefined by the Fascist state. The analysis focuses on objections to the surname restoration on legal grounds, charges raised in the appeal prepared by Paulovich’s lawyer, including claims that local officials in Trieste exceeded their authority, misapplied the law, and ignored technical legal standards and due process. The chapter examines Italian lawyers’ role in government and their attitudes toward their responsibilities to uphold and protect the rule of law in an increasingly dictatorial state. It demonstrates the state’s attempts intimidate individuals, in the Paulovich case to use the appeal to question the family’s loyalty and italianità.

Keywords: Fascism; Liberal government; Lawyers; Legal process; Loyalty

Chapter.  9408 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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