Carla del Ponte was married to the advocate Daniele Timbal of Lugano. Timbal was a notable lawyer who defended Mr. Enrico Rossini of Traex SA in the trial of the Pizza connection a co-accused with Mr. Palazzolo. Advocate Timbal-Del Ponte has reverted to her maiden name Del Ponte following her divorce from Daniel Timbal. She was the investigating Magistrate of the Pizza Connection in Lugano.
Due to the conflict of interest (her husband defending Mr Rossini) she was recused from the case. However, following the resignation of the AG Dr. Paolo Bernasconi in 1986, she was appointed as the AG of Lugano. She dealt with Tognoli, a co-accused and with part of Palazzolo’s appeal.