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December 04, 2010

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Sylvia, I’m pleased that you pointed out the how the Mexican judicial system actual works, where the dude came up with his understanding of it eludes me. I’m not at all certain why this story is catching the eye of the main stream news media, for myself it’s pretty much a non-story of and event which has been on going on both sides of the border for quite some time. Clearly the apparent fact that this kid come’s from San Diego should come as no surprise either. For at least forty there have been large numbers of unwanted or neglected children on both sides of the who turned to crime to survive, now all of a sudden this one kid is big news because he apparently works for some ‘’cartel’’ ? In the sixties in Saigon you could find large bands of the same. Kids that would cut your throat for your pocket change, or drop a grenade for the ‘’cartel’’ they worked for from time to time known as the VC. You could/can find the same on the Eastside of Chicago, they have been there for years, and the only thing that has changed are the faces.

Fred


Sylvia, I'm afraid you are wrong about the Mexican judicial system. I believe it was two years ago that a law was passed doing away with the old Napoleanic law, changing it to "innocent until proven guilty". Since then courtrooms are being built and judges and lawyers trained in the new system where one will be able to face his accusors in a court of law.

The business of "child assassins" is not new. It happens regularly in places like Medellin (Colombia), and probably in other countries too. It's actually quite dangerous if you are a tourist or visitor - and become the unwary victim of these killer-kids. They just walk up casually on the street, approach from behind you, put a pistol behind your ear, and pull the trigger. Nasty stuff.

I have no idea about the specifics of this media story. But the general problem of child assassins does exist - too bad it's getting worse in Mexico.

P.

" In Mexico, you're actually considered guilty until proven innocent."

Even if this law has been changed it will take a while for the culture to change. Another example of how the foundational basis of Mexican society. As long as the people believe their rights are alienable and given to them by someone other than God, they will never take responsibility for their own freedom/safety. They will continue to be slaves to the government, cartels or whoever is in power.

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