Justice is done -- once in a while.
Mexican judge orders release of U.S. school teacher held on drug charges - Sacramento Living - Sacramento Food and Wine, Home, Health | Sacramento Bee: "A Mexican federal judge on Friday ordered the release of an El Paso, Texas, elementary school teacher who had been held on drug charges, a ruling greeted with jubilation by supporters holding a vigil outside the courtroom.
Ana Martinez had been held in prison since May, when Mexican soldiers conducting a routine search discovered 110 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of her car. Martinez's lawyers argued in court Friday that an international smuggling ring had targeted cross-border commuters like Martinez without their knowledge.
The lawyer's argument was buttressed by evidence produced by the FBI, which detailed an elaborate scheme involving lookouts, keys produced from vehicle numbers, and a GPS system. Traffickers would place drug loads in the vehicles of unsuspecting motorists and then wait for them to cross into the United States. A lookout would follow the vehicle with the help of the GPS system and wait for the appropriate moment to unlock the trunk and take the drugs. Two men have been charged in the case."
The MexicoBlog of the Americas Program, a fiscally sponsored program of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), is written by Laura Carlsen. I monitor and analyze international press on Mexico, with a focus on security, immigration, human rights and social movements for peace and justice, from a feminist perspective. And sometimes I simply muse.
Jul 9, 2011
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