Our more troublesome neighbor is known for sticking
its unwelcome nose in our
American internal affairs—from
lobbying for a permissive immigration policy to
instructional invasion comic books to its
Even more disturbing, however, is Mexico`s financial support for the
worst of its expat criminals, in the form of extreme
Mexican murderers facing death row.
monsters get the best legal practitioners available,
with a hefty price tag being
peculiar generosity of the Mexican government.
wealthy country where nevertheless
population lives below the poverty line, you might
think Mexico City could better
invest its financial resources in
schools, infrastructure and healthcare.
But responsible expenditures to benefit honest
Mexicans is not the plan.
has quietly obtained the services of top
anti-death-penalty lawyers in America to
defend its most brutal exported offenders. One
recipient: Juan Quintero, the murderer of
Rodney Johnson. Quintero was defended by ACLU
David Lane, who finagled a sentence of
life in prison for a back-shooting child-molesting cop
killer in Texas. The outcome of no
execution for Quintero is a testament to the wonders of
unlimited money and slick lawyers.
For edification about the extent of Mexican
munificence, see the fascinating article by Mike McPhee
in the July 28
Mexico buys death defense:
"`I truly take my hat off
to Mexico for
funding this program,` Lane said. `Defending a
death-penalty case can cost hundreds of thousands of
dollars to more than $1 million. None of these
defendants has any money, and the cases fall to public
defenders, at the taxpayers` expense.`
"Lane is one of 21
lawyers hired by
to represent 51 Mexican citizens in the United States currently on death row
and another 200 facing death-penalty trials. Since 2000, U.S. lawyers
have represented some 450 defendants. "
Crunching those numbers indicates
that Mexico City is willing to spend many millions
of dollars to keep its lowlifes from American justice.
(However, when Mexican authorities want their dangerous
drug kingpins prosecuted, they
extradite them to the
to get the job done.)
Incidentally, attorney Lane
him.) is quite the package of leftist illogic. He
defended plagiarist professor
Ward Churchill and
provided legal help for propagandizing high school
Jay Bennish. Lane has argued that the traditional
Columbus Day parade constitutes
"ethnic intimidation" to
Native Americans—such is his loyalty to the First
Amendment, which ACLU lawyers often profess. (Email
In the Quintero trial, Lane made the case that the
killer had a
troubled childhood and brain injury. But Quintero
had lived normally, with a
a wife, and was certainly able to negotiate
deported in 2004 for sexual indecency with a child.
At any rate, the jury decided on a life sentence
rather than execution, which left widow Joslyn Johnson
victimized yet again.
Another project in
David Lane`s reverse world of
Jose Luis Rubi-Nava, an illegal Mexican who dragged
his girlfriend behind a truck over a mile and a half to
her death. In July, Judge Paul King ruled that
Rubi-Nava was fit to stand trial after 12 days of
hearings over five months designed to convince the court
that the accused is retarded, which would have spared
him from the death penalty under
law. Such is the advantage of having a Cadillac defense
team—funded by the deep pockets in
Inquiring minds want to know: Why does Mexico go to such lengths and so
much expense to protect scum?
There is no capital punishment in Mexico, so at least they are not
hypocrites about sentencing. But many Mexicans at the
non-elite level would like to have tougher punishment,
including the death penalty, to fight worsening
crime anarchy. Those sentiments were present at the
anti-crime rallies that took place in various
locales in Mexico on August 30. There was
little negative reaction in
to the recent execution in Texas of Jose Medellin, who
had raped and murdered two teenaged girls in 1992,
compared with earlier anger.
The anti-death-penalty stance is a
favorite among the left`s issues, and is promoted as
being more enlightened and humane than the grim finality
of Old Sparky and its variations.
Unfriendly Mexico is always on the lookout for a way
to give America a black
eye, and the opportunity to assume an imagined position
of superiority may be too irresistible. That element of
motivation cannot be discounted.
Another possibility exists. Arguably, the Mexican
government has embraced the values of criminal culture
and essentially is a crime enterprise. Presidente
Calderon appears to have the right stuff in his
resistance to organized crime, but you have to wonder
how high the infiltration of narco-criminals has gone
within the government. In 2005, Nahum Acosta, a top aide
of Presidente Vicente Fox, was
arrested for leaking information about his boss`
travel plans to drug traffickers. (He was later
released when charges were dismissed.)
appears unable to stand against the drug cartels that
weigh money rather than count it, as illustrated by
this unsettling estimate:
Buscaglia, a UN adviser and economics and law
professor in Mexico City, recently reported to the
Mexican attorney general`s office that up to 60 percent
Mexico`s cities were
controlled by organized crime.
infiltrate local governments by financing political
campaigns and with bribes. Mexico ranks 6th in the world
for the highest presence of organized crime, Buscaglia`s
research reveals, after Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea.
Mexico Infiltrated, Security in
July 27, 2008.
So far, the cartels appear to be
winning. They have the
muscle and they have the money.
history and culture of corruption offer little
resistance to such a determined assemblage.
The narco-gangsters imagine Mexico in the near-future will be
their own private fiefdom of crime—similar to Osama`s
relationship with Taliban-run
is even better than
is located next to one of the world`s top crime
opportunity zones. From millions of affluent
drug users to an endless supply of
people to be kidnapped,
is the full refrigerator of any thug`s dreams.
Given that clear and present danger, why doesn`t Washington take appropriate steps to protect
us from the
crack-house country next door?
Brenda Walker (email
her) lives in Northern California and publishes two websites,
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