Attorney General Carlos Escarra Dies

On Wednesday, Venezuelans were shocked at the news of Attorney General and revolutionary lawyer Carlos Escarra’s abrupt death after suffering a heart attack earlier that morning.


Escarra was a well-known and prominent figure within the Bolivarian Revolution, who helped draft the 1999 Constitution and later went on to become a Supreme Court Justice, a leading legislator and member of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela.

Escarra, who was a part of President Chavez’s movement in the early 1990s and a long-time member of Venezuela’s Communist Party, was widely known for his constitutional scholar and his astute use of the law. He was a professor of law at Venezuela’s Andres Bello Catholic University in Caracas for 33 years. In August 2011 he was named Attorney General.