Mexico’s Supreme Court Overturns State Anti-Corruption Laws

09/05/16 ABC News

120px-Law_gavelMexico’s Supreme Court has ruled unconstitutional two state anti-corruption laws that outgoing governors passed in apparent attempts to shield themselves from investigation.

Many Mexicans were outraged when the governors of the states of Veracruz and Chihuahua pushed through the laws just months before they are to leave office giving them the power to name anti-corruption prosecutors.

The federal Attorney General’s Office appealed the laws, arguing they violated new federal anti-corruption standards. It said the appeals were meant to show “there is no room for tailor-made local laws.”

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Famed Mexico Drug Lord Challenging Sinaloa Cartel: Official

Insight Crime 07/06/16 

chihuahua-mapIntelligence reports suggest legendary drug trafficker Rafael Caro Quintero is seeking to expel the Sinaloa Cartel from Mexico‘s Chihuahua state, raising fears the city of Ciudad Juárez may experience yet another drug-fueled murder spike.

Chihuahua’s attorney general, Jorge Enrique González Nicolás, said on July 5 that military intelligence indicates Caro Quintero “hopes to dispute and occupy the Sinaloa Cartel‘s territory” in the state, reported Reforma. This includes the northern border city of Ciudad Juárez, once considered the murder capital of the world in part due to violence between warring drug cartels.

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Elections Highlight Uneven Progress in Mexico

6/2/16 Wall Street Journal 

Mexico cityMEXICO CITY—A dozen governorships are up for grabs Sunday in states as disparate as Chihuahua in the northern desert and Veracruz on the Gulf Coast. But most have something in common: a heavy public debt that has raised questions about economic mismanagement and corruption.

Poverty and income inequality have also climbed in most states holding elections, according to government data. State services such as police remain understaffed and underpaid, and crime in many parts has grown, according to government-accountability nonprofits.

Such problems reflect the uneven progress Mexico has made since the election of former President Vicente Fox in 2000 ended seven decades of one-party rule.

For centuries, from Aztec emperors to Spanish viceroys, power was highly concentrated in Mexico. While that is much less the case now at the federal level, governors have been called Mexico’s modern viceroys, especially in rural states that are governed like fiefs.

“Once the power of the Mexican president started to wane in the late 1990s…the state governors filled the vacuum, accumulating a political power with very few checks and balances and managing increasingly bigger budgets,” said David Pérez Esparza, a researcher at University College London.

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As Mexico takes down kingpins, pace of killings only accelerates

7/3/15 Dallas News 

chihuahua-mapIn this border city across from El Paso, Mexican soldiers discovered and dismantled a car bomb this week in a highly populated neighborhood.

The discovery came just days after the head of the Sinaloa cartel was captured in the state capital, Chihuahua City.

Across the central Texas border near Laredo, thugs last month shot at a helicopter, apparently mistaking its occupants for Mexican marines. The personnel were members of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, and the helicopter took two bullets in U.S. airspace. In response, two Black Hawk helicopters now patrol the border in the Laredo region. To the south, in and around the industrial city of Monterrey, a recent killing surge left 25 people dead in one weekend.

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11 killed in cartel clash in Mexican border state

09/29/14 Associated Press

chihuahua-mapProsecutors in the Mexican border state of Chihuahua say 11 people died in a confrontation between rival cartels fighting for control of turf in the Tarahumara mountain range. The state’s Attorney General’s Office said Sunday in a statement that the fighting took place on Friday in the municipality of Guachochi. At the scene, officials found more than 1,000 bullet casings and four burned SUVs.

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Police Probe Dogfight Debt in Mexico Massacre

policeThe New York Times, 11/20/2013

Prosecutors have detained two suspects and are investigating dog-fighting debts as a possible motive in the stabbing massacre of eight members of a family in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez. Three young children were among those killed in the crime that has shocked the border community.

The chief prosecutor in the northern state of Chihuahua, Jorge Gonzalez Nicolas, said a third suspect has been identified and will likely be detained soon.

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Juarez: The sequel

Global Post, 11/1/13

ciudad juarezNot long ago, all headlines out of Ciudad Juarez screamed bloody drug war murder. Now something unexpected is happening in the Mexican border town. Homicides have plummeted. Some who fled have returned.

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