Mexico recasts its criminal justice process

Policemen learned how to make arrests while respecting detainees’ rights at the police university of Chilpancingo last month. (Juan Montes/WSJ)
Policemen learned how to make arrests while respecting detainees’ rights at the police university of Chilpancingo last month. (Juan Montes/WSJ)

By Juan Montes / Wall Street Journal

On a recent day, hundreds of construction workers laid bricks in a fevered rush to finish a new courthouse in the violence-torn city of Acapulco. Their work was just part of Mexico’s broad and daunting effort to build a new criminal justice system.

Every criminal case in Acapulco now will be heard using a new judicial process based on U.S.-style oral trials. It replaces a centuries-old inquisitorial system that effectively presumes defendants are guilty and hands down sentences on the basis of written evidence reviewed behind closed doors.

Within two weeks of its Acapulco rollout, the new system is supposed to operate across the entire country.

“This is the biggest change in Mexico’s judicial system in recent history—a cultural change without precedent,” said María de los Ángeles Fromow, the Interior Ministry official who has led the implementation of the new system across the country.

Supporters say the changes will create a more transparent and accountable system where defense lawyers and prosecutors confront each other in public before a judge or panel of judges.

Critics say parts of the country aren’t ready for the changes and criminals could avoid punishment in the short term, especially in places like this Pacific coastal city widely considered Mexico’s murder capital.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/mexico-recasts-its-criminal-justice-process-1464734884

Goats being removed from Espiritu Santo island

AP -Environmental authorities in Mexico have begun removing 800 to 900 wild goats from Espiritu Santo island off Baja California. The goats will be taken by boat to the Baja peninsula, where the first 100 will be given to a local university for research. The others will be given to goat herders on the peninsula.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/mexico-starts-removal-invasive-goats-baja-island-39511031

Silver king rides metals rebound to big gain

Bloomberg – Metals magnate Alberto Bailleres is posting the biggest gains among Latin America’s wealthiest people thanks to a comeback in silver and gold prices. Mexico’s second-richest man has added $1.3 billion to his net worth this year, buoyed by a surge at Industrias Penoles and Fresnillo, owner of the world’s largest silver mine.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-05-31/mexico-s-silver-king-rides-metals-rebound-to-1-3-billion-gain

“Chicharito”: Get inside the mind of Mexico’s superstar

Sports Illustrated – Javier “Chicharito” Hernández  is the golden boy of Mexican soccer. Chicharito is 28. He grew up absorbing the culture of the game from his father, Javier, and grand­father, Tomás Balcázar, both of whom also represented Mexico in a World Cup. He has played in the Champions League for Man United, Real Madrid and, this past winter, Leverkusen.

http://www.si.com/planet-futbol/2016/05/31/chicharito-mexico-javier-hernandez-bayer-leverkusen