Vel Quennar

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The highly esteemed Lexorian attorney who is appointed to defend Superman when the Man of Steel is brought to trial on the planet Lexor on the charge of having deliberately murdered Lex Luthor, Lexor’s greatest hero. Vel Quennar does not volunteer to defend Superman, whose cause seems hopeless, but once the court has appointed him to manage Superman’s defense, he and his “young partner,” Garn Abu, work on Superman’s behalf with all the skill and resources at their command. It is Vel Quennar who suggests that they attempt to show the existence of extenuating circumstances by establishing that the Man of Steel was suffering from temporary insanity at the time he murdered Luthor (Act No. 318, Nov 1964: “The Death of Luthor!”).

Although Superman himself demolishes this defense by insisting on the witness stand that Luthor’s death was an accident, he is ultimately pronounced not guilty and released from custody when it is discovered that Luthor has not died at all but merely been in a “deathlike trance” induced by a “coma drug” (Act No. 319, Dec 1964: “The Condemned Superman!”).

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