Tor Erling Staff

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Tor Erling Staff
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Staff (left) with Øystein Meier Johannessen
Born(1933-02-22)22 February 1933
Oslo, Norway
Died22 July 2018(2018-07-22) (aged 85)
Oslo, Norway
Alma mater University of Oslo
Occupation Lawyer

Tor Erling Staff (22 February 1933 – 22 July 2018) was a Norwegian criminal defense lawyer. He was particularly known for taking controversial cases.

A criminal defense lawyer is a lawyer specializing in the defense of individuals and companies charged with criminal activity. Some criminal defense lawyers are privately retained, while others are employed by the various jurisdictions with criminal courts for appointment to represent indigent persons; the latter are generally called public defenders. The terminology is imprecise because each jurisdiction may have different practices with various levels of input from state and federal law or consent decrees. Some jurisdictions use a rotating system of appointments, with judges appointing a private practice attorney or firm for each case.

Staff was born in Oslo. As a student he chaired the Norwegian Students' Society in Oslo in the spring of 1956, graduating with the cand.jur. degree in 1958. He started working for barrister Olaf Trampe Kindt and for stipendiary magistrate Christian Bernt Apenes. He continued his studies in the United States. From 1967 he worked as a lawyer in Oslo and at the Supreme Court. [1] [2]

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  1. Sørheim, Ingjald Ørbeck. "Tor Erling Staff". In Helle, Knut (ed.). Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  2. Godal, Anne Marit (ed.). "Tor Erling Staff". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Norsk nettleksikon. Retrieved 15 January 2013.