Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Mexican Judges Who Released Suspected Killer Face Removal

EFE





The Chihuahua state legislature has voted to launch impeachment proceedings against three Mexican judges who acquitted a defendant in the 2008 killing of 16-year-old Rubi Marisol Frayre, legislative spokesmen said.

The girl’s boyfriend, Sergio Rafael Barraza Bocanegra, was arrested and charged with the crime in 2009, but his trial ended on April 30, 2010, in an acquittal, with judges citing a lack of evidence.

Though an appellate court subsequently overturned that decision and found Barraza guilty, he remains at large.

Frayre was killed in 2008 and her mother, Marisela Escobedo, subsequently led marches and protests to demand justice in the case until she herself was gunned down Dec. 16 while picketing in front of government offices in Chihuahua, capital of the like-named state.

The Chihuahua legislature voted Tuesday in favor of a petition filed by the state’s human rights commission to launch impeachment proceedings against judges Catalina Ochoa, Rafael Boudib and Netzahualcoyotl Zuñiga, who were suspended from the bench last month.

The case, followed closely because of assumptions that Barraza or people close to him may also have been behind the killing of Escobedo, has further fueled a public outcry over widespread impunity in Mexico.

Days before her death, Escobedo told El Diario de Juarez newspaper that Barraza’s family had threatened her for trying to conduct her own investigation into her daughter’s murder.

Escobedo said she learned Barraza moved to Zacatecas state after his acquittal in the first trial and that he had joined Los Zetas, perhaps the most ruthless of Mexico’s powerful drug cartels.

Computer generated sketch of assassin of Marisela Escobedo.
After Escobedo was killed, the Chihuahua state government posted a reward of 500,000 pesos ($40,650) for information leading to the arrest of Barraza.

The three judges, meanwhile, say they will request political asylum in the United States if charges are brought against them, citing a violation of separation of powers in a case they say has become politicized.

Responding to one controversial aspect of the case, Ochoa denied in an interview with local television Tuesday that Barraza had confessed to killing Frayre.

For his part, the president of the Supreme Court of Chihuahua, Javier Ramirez Benitez, told a press conference Tuesday morning that the judges in Rubi’s case are not being politically persecuted.

“They shouldn’t feel persecuted. (Impeachment proceedings) were launched merely to investigate and seek if there was something that could be construed as official misconduct. If no misconduct is found, then there’ll be no problem and they will be reinstated,” Ramirez Benitez said.

Chihuahua Gov. Cesar Duarte also weighed in on the case, saying the law allows for disciplinary action against judges who do not uphold the law.

Two of Escobedo’s sons who fled to the United States after she was slain are currently being held at an immigration detention facility in El Paso, Texas, pending a response to their asylum request.

Two days after Escobedo was killed, husband Jose Monge Amparan’s lumber yard in Ciudad Juarez was burned down. Jose’s brother, Manuel Monge, turned up dead a day after the arson attack.

At least five community activists have been murdered in the past two years in Chihuahua, where they must contend with violence from drug traffickers and abuses at the hands of federal forces.

Juarez, where more than 3,100 people were slain last year, is Mexico’s murder capital, while Chihuahua accounts for more than a third of the 30,000-plus drug-war deaths reported nationwide since December 2006.

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17 comments:

  1. Regrettable and heartwrenching that Marisela did not live to see the possibilty of justice being served; and those who denied justice , be held responsible ...or perhaps justice comes only because of her martyrdom..

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  2. looking at this fake-ass-wanabe judge-scumbag-catalina ochoa on video makes me sick to my stomach! the way she makes her facial expressions, you can tell that she does'nt give a shit. now she wants to be extradicted to my country? hell no! leave her in mexico. let the cartels deal with her. if any of these 3 judges were in front of me right now, i would spit in their faces.

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  3. If I am a Crooked Judge in The USA (and we have them too),and am brought up on charges,can I appeal for Political Asylum in Mexico ?

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  4. I like that question! Sure you can, Crooked US Judge! Only problem though, is that the US runs Mexico as well as itself. That's a real problem for you in getting asylum in Mexico in your case.

    'If I am a Crooked Judge in The USA (and we have them too),and am brought up on charges,can I appeal for Political Asylum in Mexico ?'

    Now I wonder if Tom DeLay is going to ask for political asylum in Mexico, too? lol...

    Ernest1

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  5. @ 10:07 pm

    lol. very true. i used the word extradited becuase i already consider these wannabe judges to be criminals. bring justice for marisela!

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  6. So they can request asylum and we will be happy to accept their applications and house them in the same detention facility where Maricela's son is. And they can wait there like he is waiting now. Getting fired from your job for incompetence is not persecution.

    Ernest take your medicine.

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  7. please, please, one more X please, keep up with this story so I dont have to, if you only knew how busy I already am.




    I can not do much there but

    here I can use the laws of the land to ensure those 3 are never at peace.





    dbgh

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  8. Mr DeLay is waiting on his homitos to "git hiz bayk"


    dbgh

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  9. Now Calderon is running in front of cameras and microphones to condemn the three judges... he's a little late to the party to appear sincere.

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  10. Here is the thing. All of this is a smoke-screen. This is how Mexican society work. You find a scapegoat —in this case three— and build this huge media campaign around it. So now we have all this coverage of the impeachment of three crooked judges, the justification of the state governor, the responses from the judges, and so forth.

    It's going according to Duarte's plan. Now non one is asking why a hit took place in front of a state government building.

    Yet in the end, the killer is still free; Rubi and Marisela are still dead.

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  11. http://www.litobrito.blog.com/January 13, 2011 at 8:06 AM

    @ anon

    yes...i agree

    the scapegoat dosen't bring back the dead ..or capture the killer ..or deter it from happening again

    the perfect solution Mexican style

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  12. Didn't the CDS said a while back, that they will look for the responsible for the death of Marisela?

    Well, Why they don't start with those 3 Hijos de P... judges!!!! Those are the responsible.

    ....oh and by the way, If those 3 crooked ask for asylum, the way our soft U.S. government is, they will probably get it!!!!

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  13. of all the outrages in Mexico...this one is the worst...

    what is the message here?... keep your face to the ground , and weep softly...very very softly, when a mother is not even allowed to seek justice ...

    and the only crew that even acknowledged this as a crime worth solving is the CDS...the narcos at least pretend to give a shit

    what kind of a nation can allow this?

    ..one that either is unable to do anything about it, or one that dosen't care...by any definition, THAT NATION HAS FAILED

    i think if i was a Mexican national i would be building a boat

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  14. By definition yo would fail every political science class known to man per your opinions. Where do you come up with this crap? I thought you created a blog for all your uneducated BS?

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  15. Anonymous said...

    " Here is the thing. All of this is a smoke-screen. This is how Mexican society work. You find a scapegoat —in this case three— and build this huge media campaign around it. So now we have all this coverage of the impeachment of three crooked judges, the justification of the state governor, the responses from the judges, and so forth.

    It's going according to Duarte's plan. Now non one is asking why a hit took place in front of a state government building.

    Yet in the end, the killer is still free; Rubi and Marisela are still dead."

    I totally agree with the above post. In addition, the whole of Mexico is wallowing in uncontrolled violence of every kind. The drug cartels are just one kind of many other kinds of motives for mayhem and murder.

    How about we just admit that Mexico is "uncivilized" that what held it together has been unraveling for years. The excuses of the media pundits, politicians, clergy, and common man "hide" the truth that Mexico is a "shit hole" of decadence, immorality, and suicidal self hate.

    Just look at the growing cult of Santa Muerte as an indicator that the Mexican people are hopeless and desperate. That there is little faith in established institutions of social control.

    Years of dependence of safety valve rescue and measure using the USA are no longer working. Mexico is on a national homicide and suicide violence trip that will not end until there is an apocalyptic blood bath that begins with the rich, politicians, clergy, and of course the criminal element and drug cartels.

    The bloody revolution I see will begin with Latinos in the USA.

    I could be wrong, but I had this nightmare last night.

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  16. Should a judge convict based on public opinion or hearsay? Did the killer make a confession on video or submit a written sworn statement? The evidence should be examined before jumping to conclusions. It would be interesting to see the evidence in this case.

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  17. In Mexico injustice is for sale, $5,000.00 US for a Judges signature.This is just an effort to keep oversight at a distance. Look they are already on it, they do not need help from federales or Uncle Sam, yeh right!

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