Everything Remains The Same

By Lola

Talk about a “good ol’ boys” network. Talk about gross coverups. Talk about disgusting. Some of you might remember the brouhaha that ensued back in late 2005 when Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho exposed the sexual goings-on (of a pedophilic nature, no less) perpetrated by a group of politicians and businessmen. Basically, she got thrown in jail (briefly) and charged with libel for writing that these men were having indigent girls sent to their homes to satisfy their base appetites.

Well, this week the Supreme Court ruled on charges that the governor of Puebla, one of the gang, had conspired against her and had her jailed. There was proof in the form of a taped discussion of between the governor, the “honorable” Mario Marin, and a friend of Cancun businessman Jean Succar Kuri (also implicated in the traffic of young girls for pleasure) plotting to do just that. What more did the court need? Apparently, a LOT more. They actually found there was “insufficient proof” and dropped the case.

SICK. SICK. SICK. Which only goes to prove that the toppling of the PRI did absolutely nothing in the way of dealing with corruption and general depravity in the government and amongst those with power. Everything remains the same.

I am embarrassed and mortified with my fellow countrymen. Of course, not all government functionaries and rich folk are cut from the same cloth, but this is beyond the pale.

I guess young girls don’t qualify as “abused women” — I’m referring to the supposed commitment by the government to hand over millions to help support the cause (see “Mexico to spend nearly $4 bln to tackle violence against women” post). The news, by the way, wasn’t outrageous enough to merit a mention on CNN, as opposed to the fact that Wayne Newton was bullied by Johnny Carson. Ugh.

Read it and weep:

Mexico’s Supreme Court finds insufficient proof that governor conspired against journalist

3 thoughts on “Everything Remains The Same”

  1. I agree that justice was not served with the Supreme Court ruling. However, the issue is technically complicated. Let us not forget that the only evidence against Mario Marin is an illegal recording. Any court in the US would probably “have to” throw the case out of court due to the illegal nature of the recording. No prosecutor in the US could use that recording as proof.

    The Supreme Court in Mexico set quite an interesting precedent by accepting the tape as proof and recognizing there was wrong doing. However, indicting the “Gober Precioso” on an illegal recording would open a can of worms that the Supreme Court was probably not ready to face.

  2. Legally complicated, probably. Morally, not so much.

    Not that it changed the outcome, but apparently one of the judges, Juan Silva Meza, headed up an investigation into the matter and recommended that the “Gober” be stripped of immunity from prosecution. According to his investigation, “at least 30 public officials, among them Gov. Mario Marín of Puebla State, had conspired to harass her.”

    His thoughts:

    “There was an agreement between authorities in Puebla and Quintana Roo to infringe on the rights of the journalist,” he said. “I have the conviction that in a democratic state of laws there is no place for impunity.”

    You’re definitely right about the precedent – ten years ago this issue would never have made it this far. The ruling was 6 to 4, so it was one judge away from a deadlock. Let’s hope those “for” the indictment don’t get late night visits from any Gober-Goons…

  3. I agree that the legal technicalities are often exploited to protect the guilty. However, we agree to accept the rule of law, with all the imperfections this system brings. The alternative would probably bring more abuse.

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