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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: Energy Reform Bill Submitted

(Apr. 2, 2008) President Felipe Calderón submitted an energy reform bill to the Mexican Congress on April 9, 2008. In a broadcast address to the nation, he pointed out that the object of the reform is to make the best possible use of the potential of the country's oil industry and to strengthen Petróleos Mexicanos […]

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 […]

Mexico: New Electoral Code

(Mar. 2, 2008) The Mexican Government officially published a new federal electoral law on January 14, 2008. The Federal Code of Electoral Institutions and Procedures (COFIPE) supersedes the Code that had been in force since August 1990. Among the innovations in the new Code are a separate chapter on transparency; regulation of the use of […]

Mexico: Law on National Symbols Amended

(Mar. 2, 2008) An amendment to Mexico's Law on the Coat of Arms, the Flag, and the National Anthem that was passed in January of 2008 mandates that under no circumstances may a reproduction of the coat of arms of the nation be altered or changed. Although the coat of arms may be used on […]

Mexico: Government Promulgates Law Against Human Trafficking

(Dec. 2, 2007) The Mexican Federal Government promulgated the Law to Prevent and Punish Trade in People on November 27, 2007, effective the same day, its official date of publication, President Felipe Calderón announced the Law's publication the day before, during a commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The […]

Mexico; United States: Memorandum of Understanding on Exchange of Criminal Information

(Nov. 2, 2007) On September 19, 2007, Mexico and the United States signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate in areas of training and exchange of information on criminal matters and experience in oral trials. The memorandum was signed by American prosecutors Gary King and Lawrence Wasden from New Mexico and Idaho, respectively, and by […]

Mexico: Fiscal Reform Measures Published in Federal Official Gazette

(Nov. 2, 2007) On October 1, 2007, the Mexican government officially published a fiscal reform package to increase the government's revenue. The fiscal laws amended are: the Income Tax Law, the Federal Fiscal Code, the Special Tax Law on Production and Services, and the Value-Added Tax Law. The package newly establishes an employment subsidy; the […]