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Paolo Gabriele's Lawyer
"For me, it had a very strong emotional impact, and without doubt there is a friendship and affection that binds me to Paolo. But I try to be as neutral as possible, for the sake of process.”

After overcoming his shock, Fusco began to think about out how he would defend his friend against charges of aggravated theft of confidential documents. Along with his partner Cristina Arrú, the two began to prepare their case, including how Gabriele would handle his interrogation. 

Paolo Gabriele's Lawyer
"The first interrogation was very short, about half an hour to an hour. Because we, his lawyers, advised Paolo not to respond. We still did not know exactly what had happened, and we had to fully understand what we were talking about. The second interview lasted three hours and last one around six or seven hours. Gabriele has collaborated extensively since the beginning.”

Carlo Fusco says Paolo acted alone and that theories of a conspiracy or accomplices are absolutely unfounded. 

Paolo Gabriele's Lawyer
"It's false as far as what I know from the facts. However, the judge worked for 50 days related to Paolo and I only know the facts related to Paolo. But if these fantasies were true, the judge would have had other views, other questions for the only defendant, Paolo Gabriele.”

According to his lawyer, the only motivation Gabriele had for releasing confidential documents was "to do something good for the Pope”.

Paolo Gabriele's Lawyer
"His idea was to do something for the Pope. That's why he carried out a series of events, that I can't specify right now, but will be in the judgment to be issued late next Wednesday, and it will describe these acts. But I can say that he wanted to do something good for the Pope, that is without doubt.”

Carlo Fusco says it's highly unlikely that Paolo will receive a full acquittal. He will have to stand trial, and if found guilty of aggravated robbery, the butler of the Pope could serve a sentence of six years in an Italian jail.