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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Nicaragua: a Politicized Judiciary

This is what happens when a political party, faction or governing group is allowed to stack the membership and thus control a judicial body: They can control the big important votes. Across Latin America, not only in the leftist regimes of Hugo Chavez, Evo Morales and Daniel Ortega, but across the region it is customary that the winners of elections have the legal right to appoint partisan members of their group to key judicial posts, who then rule in their favor on key political issues. It's not new, and it's not exclusive to Latin America of course.

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