Michael Maggio

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Michael Maggio is a prominent U.S. legal activist.

Letelier case

In May 1980 Federal district judge Joyce Green ruled[1]that the Chilean government liable for $2.9 million in damages to the survivors of Institute for Policy Studies/Transnational Institute director Orlando Letelier and his aide, Ronnie Moffitt, and that an additional $2 million in damges is owed by Juan Manuel Contreras, former head of the old Chilean intelligen agency NINA.

National Lawyers Guild theoretician Michael Tigar, who handled the civil lawsuit, said that if collected, the money would be donated to the IPS Letelier-Moffitt Memorial Fund. NLG attorney Michael Maggio who handles the Letelier estate and also represents the Sandinista government of Nicaragua, said the importance of the damage award was the political implications of a court finding against a government that "commtted an act of political terrorism here in the United States.


  1. Information Digest November 21 1980 p 404