North of Havana: The Untold Story of Dirty Politics, Secret Diplomacy, and the Trial of the Cuban Five

North of Havana: The Untold Story of Dirty Politics, Secret Diplomacy, and the Trial of the Cuban Five

by Martin Garbus


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From one of America’s leading legal minds, a riveting look at the U.S.-Cuban relationship seen through the lens of a nearly impossible case

During his distinguished career, Martin Garbus has established himself as a well-known trial lawyer representing the likes of Daniel Ellsberg and Leonard Peltier. But there is no story Garbus wants to tell more than that of his most challenging case: representing five Cuban spies marooned in the U.S. prison system and his efforts to get them out.

North of Havana tells the story of a spy ring sent by Cuba in the early 1990s to infiltrate anti-Communist extremists in Miami. Erroneously charged by the U.S. government in connection with the 1996 shootdown of two planes circulating anti-Castro leaflets over Havana, the spies—in the absence of evidence—were convicted in 2000 of conspiracy to commit espionage and murder. Caught up in the sweep of history, the Cuban Five, as they became known, played a central role over the next decade in the recent thaw in Cuban-American relations.

Set in Miami and Havana, North of Havana is a mesmerizing tale of international intrigue, espionage, and political gamesmanship that continues to play a shaping role in American foreign policy and presidential elections. In the process, the books shows how the justice system can be, and is, subverted for political purposes and gives readers insight into one of the most fascinating legal cases of our times.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620974469
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 06/18/2019
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 630,673
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Martin Garbus is one of America’s top trial lawyers. An expert at every level of civil and criminal trial, and litigation, he has appeared before the United States Supreme Court in leading First Amendment cases. He is the author of Tough Talk: How I Fought for Writers, Comics, Bigots, and the American Way. Garbus lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I

1 Do Something!!!! 11

2 The Pilot Had a Mission 22

3 Too Tired to Spy? 34

4 Spy vs. Spy 45

Part II

5 The "Notable" Mas Canosa 51

6 American Plots Against Cuba 60

7 Bring Me the Head of Fidel Castro 64

Part III

8 Arrest 73

9 Indictment 76

10 The Prosecutors 81

11 Elián González 84

12 Change of Venue 87

13 Jury Selection 91

14 The Trial 99

Part IV

15 Garbus for the Defense 113

16 A Tangled, Tortured History of Appeals 118

17 The Bombshell 125

18 Cuban Parliament 129

19 Meeting My Client 144

20 Digging In 156

21 A Sample Visit 166

22 Surprises 173

23 Alan Gross 182

24 Miracle 190

25 A Loud and Useful Prisoner 192

26 The Final Days 198

Epilogue 207

Acknowledgments 215

Timeline 217

Notes 225

Index 247

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