Mexico top court rules e-cigarette sales should be allowed


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11/13/19 – AP News

Mexico’s Supreme Court has upheld a challenge to the country’s tobacco law for making it hard to sell e-cigarettes.

Current law allows regulated sales of tobacco products, while at the same time it outlaws “selling, distributing, exhibiting, producing or promoting any object that does not contain tobacco” but whose packaging or design “might identify it with tobacco products.”

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Mexico’s López Obrador says no open investigations against former presidents

7/19/19 – Reuters

By Lizbeth Diaz


Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Friday that there were no open cases against former presidents of the nation.

“We have no cases, no evidence, nothing on the former presidents,” Lopez Obrador said, when asked by a reporter if there were any open investigations against former presidents.

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Two Prominent Migrant Rights Defenders Freed in Mexico

6/12/19 – Reuters

By Delphine Schrank

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A Mexican judge has freed two migrant rights activists who organized caravans, said a member of their legal team and a rights group on Wednesday, a week after their arrest which their supporters said was meant to appease the Trump administration.

After 13 hours of oral arguments for Cristobal Sanchez on Tuesday and an eight-hour overnight hearing for Irineo Mujica, a judge in southern Chiapas state ruled that the two veteran defenders of migrants should not be held in pre-trial custody, said lawyer Santiago Nunez, who attended the hearings.

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Mexico to go after all narco judges: official

5/20/2019 – Reuters

By Anthony Esposito

07-05-2019-FOTO-PORTADA--770x433Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, looking to make good on a promise to clean up rampant corruption, will go after judges that have aligned themselves with the country’s notorious drug cartels, a government official said.

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Study at CIDE on spending on the Judiciary (In Spanish)

Take a look at this study from CIDE, one of Mexico’s most important centers of teaching and research in the social sciences.  The study is titled “La justicia de cabeza: la irracionalidad del gasto público en tribunales” and it is the latest in a series of studies analyzing the use and abuse of public resources in Mexico.

En México, a pesar de los profundos cambios políticos de las últimas décadas, no ha habido transformaciones significativas en la forma en la que se concibe y ejerce el gasto público. Mucho más frecuentemente de lo que quisiéramos, los recursos públicos son utilizados discrecional e irresponsablemente para generar redes clientelares, hacer favores a los parientes y amigos o para eludir decisiones políticamente complicadas. En todas las áreas del sector público y en todos los niveles de gobierno se observan gastos injustificados y excesos inexplicables. Esto cuando la información nos permite saber en qué se está  gastando. La opacidad o la transparencia simulada a veces impiden realizar un análisis riguroso respecto a dónde se están destinando todos los recursos públicos, sobre todo en las entidades federativas.

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Mexican Attorney General goes after Hank Rhon; seeks his recapture (in Spanish)

El Universal, 8/19/11

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La Procuraduría General de la República (PGR) present ante un magistrado una lista de “agravios” presumiblemente cometidos por la juez federal noveno con sede en Baja California, quien dictó “la libertad por falta de elementos” al empresario Jorge Hank Rhon, a quien las autoridades investigan por acopio de armas y posesión cartudchos de uso exclusivo de las Fuerzas Armadas.

La PGR busca que el magistrado, perteneciente al Cuarto Tribunal Unitario de Décimo Quinto Circuito, revoque el auto de libertad que la juez novena, Blanca Evelia Parra, otorgó a Hank Rhon y otros acusados.

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Presumption of Guilt

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Antonio Zuñiga’s life changed when he went for a walk on Dec. 12, 2005. As he crossed a busy Mexico City avenue, two burly cops grabbed him from behind and shoved him into a patrol car.

So began a nightmarish journey into Mexico’s legal system that seems lifted from the pages of Franz Kafka. For nearly two days, the street vendor was held incommunicado and not told why he was arrested. His questions met with hostile stares from detectives, who would say “You know what you did.” He says in an interview that he only learned of the charges after walking into a holding cell and being asked by a prisoner: “Are you the guy accused of murder?”

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A Cause Célèbre Clouds Mexican Sentiment on Kidnapping Scourge

The New York Times, 4/8/2009

Three years ago, morning news programs here broadcast the arrest of a Frenchwoman and her Mexican boyfriend in a police raid that rescued three kidnapping victims from the ranch the couple shared.

The woman, Florence Cassez, was convicted of kidnapping and other crimes and was eventually sentenced to 60 years in jail. Case closed, it would seem.

But through it all, Ms. Cassez, 34, has maintained her innocence. Her boyfriend, Israel Vallarta, who confessed, said she knew nothing. And the television images of police officers storming the ranch? The raid turned out to have been staged the day after the couple was arrested and the hostages released.

“In a general climate of impunity, society becomes very conservative,” said Guillermo Zepeda, a security expert at the Center of Research for Development, a Mexico City policy group. “They want the few cases that are resolved to be exemplary.”

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Op-Ed: Mexico and the Drug Wars

Op-Ed, The American Interest, 3/23/2009

One of the most obvious policy initiatives that the United States could undertake right now is is to seriously up the amount of help being given Mexico to bolster security along the US-Mexican border and to help to reform the Mexican judicial system. We started this process last year with the Merida Initiative, but the latter needs to be expanded and better funded right now. This is what they call a no-brainer.

The reason that Mexico has such a big problem with narco-traffickers, aside from the existence of a huge market for drugs to the north, is the weakness of certain basic Mexican institutions, and particularly its judicial system.

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