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More news out of Mexico this afternoon. Former President Enrique Peña Nieto's lawyer, Juan Collado, arrested in July, was denied release from prison by a magistrate judge in Mexico City today.
This is really surprising because for a long time in Mexico, rich people who were accused of crimes and arrested would walk out of jail by getting what is called an "amparo" (something like a release bond), that would virtually guarantee they wouldn't have to stay
in jail. It has been happening that way for years. This lawyer, Juan Collado, is known in Mexico as the "Devil's lawyer" -- he has represented former Presidents such as Carlos Salinas, Enrique Peña Nieto,
and other well known figures such as Diego Fernández de Cevallos, and Carlos Ahumada who no one will recognize in the U.S. but in Mexico, everyone knows these names as some of the top wealthy guys suspected of corruption for a long time, that no one
could get near. So it was really amazing when Collado was arrested in July, which made the national news. Sorry some of these links are in Spanish, huge stories but some don't show up in the U.S. media. Note, Google Translate works on entire web pages.
So. Juan Collado, a big-shot, "elite" upper-class lawyer to many of the worst most serious suspects -- was first arrested, now he's been denied release from jail. For more than twenty years, this kind of justice was UNHEARD of in Mexico. What has changed?
In December of 2018, Andrés Manuel López Obrador took over as the newly elected President of Mexico, with his new political party, MORENA, interrupting a century or more of rule under Mexico's powerful PRI political party.
Lopez Obrador has promised a whole new approach to governing in Mexico. He calls his plan the "4T", or Fourth Transformation, of Mexico. This isn't being reported much in the U.S., but 130 million Mexican citizens hear about the "4T" plans, every day now.
Before you get too excited, I'd be remiss if I didn't say there's a bunch of people in Mexico I've talked to, who tell me they think Lopez Obrador is crazy, that his policies won't be sustainable, that he's a simpleton and a populist. Personally, I have my own opinions. But,
At least he's started out strong with his "4T" plan, actually arresting some "elite" bad guys that everyone in Mexico thought were untouchable. And that's really surprising people. Let's hope it continues and let's hope nothing bad happens to AMLO.
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