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Mexico: Congress Passes Judicial Reform Bill

(May 2, 2008) The Mexican Senate recently passed a bill authorizing several judicial reforms, including the use of recorded telephone conversations as evidence with consent; the guarantee of the presumption of innocence; and the provision of public and oral trials. The bill also provides for the representation of suspects by qualified public defenders. Mexico's House […]

Mexico; United States: State Attorneys General Reach Agreements to Combat Organized Crime

(Apr. 2, 2008) On March 12, 2008, State Attorneys General from the United States and Mexico announced a series of agreements aimed at eliminating the U.S.-Mexican border as a refuge for criminals on either side. The agreements were reached during a forum of the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) of the United States and […]

Cuba: Raúl Castro Elected New President

(Mar. 2, 2008) On February 24, 2008, the National Assembly of People's Power elected Raúl Castro, Fidel Castro's younger brother, as President of Cuba. In his inaugural speech, Raúl Castro indicated that he intends to confer with his brother on matters of special relevance for Cuba, especially those pertaining to defense, foreign policy, and the […]