Aguilar Morales: a litany of woes. Aguilar Morales: a litany of woes.

Mexico’s troubles earn a blunt condemnation

Supreme Court judge cites 'shocking corruption,' bad education and other woes

A Supreme Court judge offered a blunt assessment of the woes afflicting Mexico during an address in Guadalajara yesterday, citing bad education, the poor design of political institutions and “shocking corruption” as problems that continue to plague the country.


Luis María Aguilar Morales, who is currently serving as president of both the Supreme Court and the Federal Judiciary Council (CJF), made the observations at an event celebrating the bicentenary of the birth of noted jurist Mariano Otero Mestas.

Judges, he said, must also take responsibility for the situation in Mexico.

Aguilar pointed to “the extreme poverty that many of our compatriots find themselves in,” as another particularly troubling and “doubly painful” issue.

He also cited “the lack of opportunity for generations of young people who neither study nor work, the lack of decent working conditions and the discrimination that women still suffer” as further areas of deep concern that are holding Mexico back.

The nation’s indigenous population, people with disabilities and sexual minorities are also marginalized and discriminated against, he said.

Aguilar went on to take aim at governance practices, arguing that authorities need to be prevented from “exercising their power in a way that is despotic, capricious [and] without any limits, brakes, counterweights or accountability.”


“Hence the importance of the work that judges in all the different jurisdictional authorities in the country carry out to comply with and enforce the law,” he added.

Collective action is required to confront the problems, Aguilar continued, adding that political differences, diversity of opinions and social class shouldn’t be allowed to interfere.

The judge argued that only unity, as espoused by the jurist Otero, would enable Mexico to successfully overcome the challenges that it faces.

“That’s how we did it in the past [when] confronted by enemies who threatened national sovereignty. That’s what we demonstrated in recent days when we were hit by [the force of] nature and the people of Mexico, once again, responded generously through solidarity and unity,” he said.

The outspoken judge has previously attracted controversy after the court ruled that a law prohibiting adoption by same-sex couples in Campeche was unconstitutional.

The event honoring Otero was held as part of the Guadalajara International Book Festival, which officially started today.

Source: Milenio (sp)

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  • Jeff Swanson

    The judges ARE the problem in Mexico, all are corrupt and on the take, attorneys are quitting practice daily in Mexico telling me they can no longer find one judge to follow the law. THEY OUT RIGHT LIE, IN THEIR RULINGS!
    One Mexican attorney threw me out of his office several years ago, when I yelled at him over my case going NOWHERE, and the written law on the matter was 100% CLEAR, PERIOD!
    “I said to him, I want justice here and you better damn well get it, I am SICK of Mexico and the BULLSHIT” he yelled at me “Justice? JUSTICE? you speak of justice, I can not get ONE judge in MEXICO to even follow the law, and you want justice?
    errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, I “:REST” my case !

    I would also add this Judge is smart, and spot on, BUT in Mexico saying one thing and doing the opposite is standard practice, ACTIONS speak louder than words!

  • Garry Montgomery

    So, he enumerates the problems. What are his solutions? ZIP! Only empty words.

  • Dennis Garrett

    There is a term in psychology that says, “people change their attitudes when the pain becomes more than the pleasure!”
    It’s obvious the people in power in this country like it just the way it is.

  • kallen

    He’s spot on.

  • Peter Maiz

    Completely right by this judge.

  • boonteetan

    If this brave judge is telling the truth, s/he must be given the due respect. The practically lawless nation has long been submerged in the sea of fraudulence and immorality. It is very difficult for this judge to walk his talk, he might end up receiving a bullet on his body soon. Sorry..

  • Help is on the way…

    Es una lástima para México y su gente, son tan débiles en hacer el cambio correcto para mejorar la calidad de vida allí. Tan triste y tan enfermizo de sus llamados líderes que son todos cerdos en una manta. Líderes falsos y muchas promesas falsas desde hace décadas.

    No ofrezco una solución a sus problemas. Mi única recomendación es que necesiten un nuevo líder que se preocupe por su abuso contra su propio tipo de personas y que ponga fin a la corrupción. Qué sociedad enferma; ellos viven con miedo