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Attorney Maurice Geiger Sheltered by Desk During Haiti Earthquake

File photo - October 19, 2007 Bar News
January 15: Maury Geiger e-mailed George Bruno

"The destruction is incredible. I just drove back from the Embassy (usually about a 40 mins trip) -- today it took 5 hours. Bodies all along the streets. Since there is no way to give proper burials, families and friends drag bodies to the street side and cover them with sheets, drapes, rugs, cardboard, anything available. The 90 degree temps in the day causes lots of decomposition. The scene is out of a bad Sci Fi movie. If you have seen any of this on CNN just remember TV does not transmit the smell.
Hanging in in Port-au-Prince.
Maury Geiger"

Reported by Beverly Rorick, January 14, 2010

Maurice Geiger, a Bar member from North Conway who has devoted his life to judicial and prison reform (See Bar News, May 7, 2004), was in Port au Prince, Haiti, when the recent earthquake struck.

“I got under my desk,” he told his wife Nancy, in a brief conversation shortly following the quake.

Their connection was lost after just a few minutes and she has not heard from him since. “But all communications are down,” said Mrs. Geiger, “so no one is hearing anything.”

This is only one of several trips Geiger has made to Haiti in the interest of judicial reform. He works for prisoners in the jails hoping to move along their trial dates.

Geiger was home this fall recovering from dengue fever, and returned to NH at Christmas, but he had recently returned to Haiti to continue his work, his wife said. The project was to last about half a year and was about half over, said Mrs. Geiger.

But no one knows what will happen now. It is possible that many of the incarcerated have escaped, if they have not been killed or injured in the quake.

In addition to the scarcity of food and drinking water, the aftershocks continue.

As for when Geiger will be coming home, “They’ll be flying out the injured first,” said Mrs. Geiger. Meanwhile, she waits to hear again from her husband.

Geiger received the Daniel Webster International Lawyer of the Year award in 2008 .


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