[Ausma’s Wikipedia page on the Dutch wiki has been renamed,
and I have not been able to ferret out either the reasons or the current name (see comments). But there are times when there should be information about people available on the internet, so I am pleased to host a small bio here. This is not what should be in an actual Wikipedia article, it is just what I like personally and a way to aggregate a lot of links to surface more information about the subject.]
Willem Jan Ausma (1968 – ) is a Dutch attorney specializing in criminal cases. In 2008 he was named best criminal lawyer in the Netherlands by the website http://www.advocatie.nl, beating out such legal luminaries as “Anker, Spong and Korvinus brothers”.
“Anker” would appear to be Wim Anker of law firm Anker & Anker. Wim Anker defended Robert M, the pedophile dubbed the Monster of Riga by the Dutch press. “Spong” would be Gerard Spong of Wladimiroff & Spong Advocaten, who defends murderers, perverts, and drug lords. Korvinus may be Cees Korvinus of Korvinus Abeln Advocaten / Korvinus Van Roy & Zandt, who has a criminal justice background. There is also a Dien Korvinus, “first female appointed as the Attorney General of the Netherlands”, whose specialty seems to be human trafficking. Oh my, it’s a blue link. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Korvinus.
- Defended the 30-year-old Pascal F., convicted of murdering his tenant Nadia van de Ven over a dispute about a washing machine in 2002, and real estate agent Anton Bussing in 1995 with the same weapon.
- Dual-national Amin M., convicted in Morocco of the murder of Ilona Németh. The signed confession usual for that part of the world was obtained under unknown circumstances.
- Jason W., a Dutchman who converted to Islam, and who held the Laak district of The Hague under siege in 2004, throwing a grenade at agents who made the arrests; he was a member of the Hofstad group, responsible for the murder of film maker Theo van Gogh.
- Defended F. van L who was convicted of trying to blackmail dairy company Campina by poisoning desserts.
This is kind of interesting, they print the names of the victims, but the perpetrators get anonymity.
Also these seem to be mostly, if not all convictions, so not sure of their definition of “best”.
The lawyer has moved into a new building on the Maliesingel.
Family and career
Ausma’s father was a municipal officer in the Frisian town of Buitenpost. One grandfather was mayor, the other a businessman. From the age of 17 to 24, Willem-Jan was a disc jockey at the Ringo Bar in Veenklooster. He grew up in Buitenpost, and attended primary school at De Fakkel, then Lauwers College ( –
Ausma studied law in Groningen from 1989 to 1995, and did an internship at Buitenpost with Marcel Wolters, and later in Groningen with De Haan. His thesis was on special investigation methods. This was just before the IRT affair became a hot issue. The “IRT affair” of 1994 involved the Inter Regional Crime Squad which used active informants to deliver controlled amounts of drugs in order to gain information about international drug dealers. This led to the Dutch government becoming a major importer of drugs, with some drug shipments inadvertently ending up on the market, and various police jurisdictions quarreling over control of the unit. The Traa Commission was formed in 1996 to investigate the agency, with high-profile televised parliamentary hearings, and ended in the police functions becoming more centralized.
After completing his studies, Ausma worked at Haulussy Advocaten in Rotterdam, then started his own practice with Onno de Jong, first in Nieuwegein, [or perhaps, according to local information on Sucks, de Jong had the practice first then Ausma became a partner, but as they say “citation needed”, Sucks is no more a WP:RS than I am, also what happened to the”Booij” part of Booij & De Jong Advocaten, Nieuwegein; best to leave it out then.) then in 2008 moved to the Maliesingel in Utrecht.
One of Ausma’s more controversial cases involved the Chaam cornfield murder. Freddy T. was eventually convicted of the murder of the Flemish Marita Schoenmakers from Turnhout, who he knew from the Hells Angels café De Pitstop in Turnhout where he worked as a bartender, and sentenced to 18 years in prison. Ausma defended José of E., the mother of a six-year-old son and the girlfriend of Freedy T., who threatened to implicate her in the murder if she ended their relationship. After holding her for a year, the prosecutor suddenly concluded that there was insufficient evidence for José’s involvement in the murder, and she was acquitted.
In the summer, Ausma visits his home town of Frisian Buitenpost or the Belgian seaside resort of Knokke, following in the footsteps of two other “dandy lawyers”, Piet Doedens and Theo Hiddema, who frequently visited this seaside spot together. Doedens is also from Utrecht, and Ausma often attended sessions at which he pleaded in order to gain experience.
While Ausma says he does not run away from publicity, he says he does not seek it either. “I don’t need to.” Since the well-known Piet Doedens had to quit for health reason, Ausma has been the leading lawyer in the Utrecht region. He prefers writing however. He regularly gives courses, lectures and workshops for interns and students, and has written several legal texts. He is an instructor at various training institutes and the police academy. His text Het strafproces (Criminal law) has been through five different editions from 2009 to 2016.
Ausma is a contributor to the online legal newsletter Mr.
Ausma is on the editorial staff of the criminal law journal Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Strafrecht (Dutch Criminal Law Journal), published by Boom Juridisch. The new journal was introduced in February 2020 as a reboot of the old Tijdschrift Praktijkwijzer Strafrecht (Criminal Law Practice Guide) published by Wolters Kluwer. The journal uses the same editorial staff but with a new publisher. The editorial staff consists of lawyer Willem Jan Ausma (Ausma De Jong Lawyers), Sabine van den Brink, Rob ter Haar (lecturer in criminal law at Leiden University), Douwe Herbrink (lawyer at the scientific office of the Supreme Court), Mark Hornman (lawyer at the Financial Markets Authority), Jasper de Jong (senior councilor of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal), Menco Rasterhoff (lawyer at De Roos and Pen Advocaten), and Nieke Verschaeren (lawyer at the scientific office of the Supreme Court).
Ausma says “we have one dress code in the office, make sure they can tell the client apart from the lawyer.” The first thing criminals do is look at your watch. They also look at suits and shoes, and to some extent this determines the value of an attorney’s billable hours.
Ausma’s suits are made to measure by an Italian tailor. His shoes are eggplant-colored, he has about 20 pairs, very important to distinguish yourself under the gown, he says. Not “Van Bommels or Greves, everyone is already doing that.”
No sneakers or jeans. No ties — one spill and you’re out 100 euros. And no hats, caps, or backpacks. His hair comes out of a bottle, “a drug from the drugstore, so that my hair stays blond and does not turn gray. I don’t say anything, otherwise the whole of Utrecht will soon be wearing the same hair. Even the hairdresser doesn’t know.”
You can see the 5000 euro watch here
For the product-conscious (from the online article): info: Pak, Corneliani € 3000 shoes and belt, Jeffery West, € 450, shirt: Hugo Boss € 120, watch, Van der Gang € 5000 bag, Piquardo € 350 perfume, Chanel, blue noir The print version also adds the price of the cologne: perfum Bleu de Chanel €67,50.
The bag is not shown, but here is the closest Piquardi bag I can find to that price point. And for € 320 you can believe it’s gonna be leather and come with an ipad and external ear buds.
According to Ausma, as he gets older and more experienced “he has come to realize that a lawyer is more than a lawyer. He should also be a coach. A supervisor of his client. Now that I am slowly getting older, I want to give more meaning to life. As a coach you can help others.”
- Het strafproces, (Criminal law), part of the Praktijkzaken (Practical affairs) series, five editions 2009-2016. ISBN: 9789013064216 9013064213 OCLC: 471417652
- Strafprocesrecht (Criminal procedure), part of Kernzaken (Core business) series, 2008 ISBN: 9013056318 9789013056310 OCLC Number: 838375514
- Strafrecht (Criminal law), part of Kernzaken (Core business) series, ISBN: 9789013056372 9013056377 OCLC: 234146623
- Wetteksten strafrecht (Criminal law legal texts), 2011. ISBN: 9789073875944 9073875943 OCLC: 747355458
- Tijdschrift Praktijkwijzer Strafrecht (Journal of Criminal Law Practice), editor; publ. Wolters Kluwer.
- Profile at Ausma De Jong Advocaten in Utrecht: https://www.ausmadejong.nl/advocaat/ausma/
- Author profile at Wolters Kluwer publishing house https://www.wolterskluwer.nl/auteur/auteur-profiel/data/willem-jan-ausma/85219
- Twitter: Willem Jan Ausma@WillemJanAusma
- Ausma is a columnist at Mr. magazine: https://www.mr-online.nl/weblogs/willem-jan-ausma/
- Het strafproces, Title page, forward and table of contents, in Dutch (PDF) . Summary of chapters 1-15 for course at Hogeschool Utrecht (in Dutch)
- VIAF ID: 132769063
- World Cat https://www.worldcat.org/wcidentities/lccn-n2010059216
- Assassin Ilona Németh wants to go to the Netherlands
- Suspect confesses murder Ilona Németh
- What Matters in Policing?: Change, Values and Leadership in Turbulent Times, By van Dijk, Auke, Hoogewoning, Frank, Maurice Punch, p.56.
- http://www.binnenbuitenpost.nl/bibu/pdfnummers/2016-4.pdf p.9
So, over at Wikirev, as soon as Graaf said “want ik ken mijnheer Ausma al jaren en jaren”, (because I have known Mr Ausma for years and years), a couple of new users appeared on the “WMF lawsuit” thread, one with the name of Ausma, and the other as “Somebody”.
So are we now to believe Graaf will soon have a pro bono lawsuit against the WMF? We keep hearing about how strict the European defamation laws are.
Why yes, it’s perfect enough to have come straight out of an automatic translation tool, as a reworked set of English-language aphorisms.
So whose socks are these?
Meervroudigepersoonlijkheidsstoornissen…multiple personality disorders. Now who do we know on Wikirev that impersonates people? It’s on the tip of my tongue,…does it start with an “R”? [Note: several socks have now been claimed by known users on other platforms, but of course that still does not rule out Rogol.]
The only thing Proabi needs to get checked out is his horrible haikus. May I recommend the (now defunct) Vogon poetry generator? I dare say it could be resurrected with a little help from Wikipediocrazy’s new AI toy. https://talktotransformer.com/
That would be better than offering money to write fake Wikipedia articles with it – a bet which has now been paid out. This is a new low for Wikipediocracy – even Kohs went back and deleted his old breaching experiments – until of course they were restored by arbcom’s favorite son, Hell in a Bucket.