Coahuila state attorney general kicks the ball onto the fairway and hopes no one notices.
The Coahuila state Procuraduria General de Justicia del Estado (PGJE) or attorney general changed statistic of homicides for the first six months of 2013, effectively lowering the number by 44 total, according to Mexican news accounts.
A news report which appeared on the website of Animal Politico quoted Marco Zamarripa, director of Consejo Civico de las Instituciones saying that the state government had retroactively changed homicide totals reported to the Sistema Nacional de Seguridad Publica to show a decrease for the first half of 2013.
The news account cited three months in which numbers reported do not "correspond with reality". For example in January the total murders reported went from 43 to 24, in February, 26 to 21 and March 31 to 25.
According to a separate report which appeared on the online edition of El Siglo De Torreon news daily, the Coahuila state, PGJE only reported incidents of murder, not the total who have actually been killed.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com and BorderlandBeat.com He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org