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The rotten judiciary

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In many Latin American countries it seems that the main brake on the sanitation of public power comes from the courts.  

The judiciary has become a stronghold of the elite and dark interests that benefited during the past decades from the lack of regulations on capital and the operation of illicit businesses, including drug and human trafficking. 

In the United States, Mexico and Guatemala, the courts continue to bend the law in favor of the owners of big money and against the interests of the great working majorities.  

The elimination of affirmative action programs and actions contrary to the struggle of women in the United States; The gigantic operation of the courts to cover up drug traffickers and tax evaders in Mexico, and the endless malicious litigation of the coup plotters who, in Guatemala, control the Constitutional Court and the Public Ministry, recall the sentence of Monsignor Oscar Arnulfo Romero: "Justice Is it like a snake, it only bites those who are barefoot?  

In Mexico and Guatemala, the most reactionary factions of the business elite allied with powerful transnational interests have bought the leadership of the judiciary. 

Magistrates, judges and prosecutors continue to protect treasury looters and block the citizen fight for democratic modernization. 

Andrés Manuel López Obrador is about to finish his term and it is expected that the electoral victory of Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo opens the possibility of thoroughly cleaning up the judiciary and thus guaranteeing the continuity of the Fourth Transformation, while in Guatemala things are slower and more worrying, because the criminal mafia embedded in the State has gone from intimidation, imprisonment and exile to the murder of honest judges and prosecutors.  

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Ramon Gonzalez Ponciano
Ramon Gonzalez Ponciano
Guatemalan-Mexican. PhD in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin and master's degree in the same discipline from Stanford University, where he has also been Tinker Professor, visiting researcher and affiliated researcher at the Center for Latin American Studies. He was visiting professor of the Education Abroad Program of the University of California in Mexico and collaborates as a guest lecturer in the Spanish Heritage, Continuing Studies programs and in the department of Spanish teaching at Stanford.