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Cascade of legal challenges to Cristina Fernandez Council of Magistrates reform

Tuesday, May 28th 2013 - 07:06 UTC
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At least sixteen different organizations from magistrates to political parties filed on Monday legal challenges after Argentine president Cristina Fernandez signed the Council of Magistrates reform into law and called for elections of council members. Read full article

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  • Anglotino

    First they came for the magistrates,
    and I didn't speak out because I was told they were the enemy to the cause.

    Then they came for the provincial governors,
    and I didn't speak out because I was told they were an enemy to national unity.

    Then they came for the deputies and the senators,
    and I didn't speak out because I was told it was for the good of the patria.

    Then they came for me,
    and there was no one left to defend me.

    May 28th, 2013 - 10:29 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • manchesterlad

    All these legal challenges are just stalling tactics I'm afraid, with the current majority in both houses the reforms will be passed into law well before the Oct midterms & CFK will start the appropriation of the judiciary

    However this is very short sighted since sooner or later the kirchneristas will lose an election & the same abusive power will be in the hands of the opposition......only then will they realize the huge mistake they've made!!!

    May 28th, 2013 - 10:30 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    What's the point of these “legal challenges” when the system has been “fixed”? For some strange reason the judges of the Supreme Court are all “appointed” by the Pres. So they'll be impartial, right? Didn't Hitler do stuff like this?

    May 28th, 2013 - 12:45 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pirate Love

    @3 he was also was a populist despot who began his reich by pissing the jews off in his country ......coincidence? didn't end well for him either :)

    May 28th, 2013 - 01:58 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Simon68

    3 Conqueror (#)
    May 28th, 2013 - 12:45 pm

    Although the members of the Supreme Court were appointed by Nestor Kirchner, he actually did this right, the Supreme Court is, if not totally independent, sufficiently independent to be a thorough nuissance to CFK in her mad rush to “go for everything”, I, for one, am confident that Mr. Lorenzetti and his peers will hand down a descision that will put the brakes on CFK and her mad troupe!!!!!!

    May 28th, 2013 - 02:41 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    5 Simon

    “ I, for one, am confident that Mr. Lorenzetti and his peers will hand down a descision that will put the brakes on CFK and her mad troupe!!!!!!”

    I hope so Simon, for your sake!

    May 28th, 2013 - 03:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Optimus_Princeps

    @4 They couldn't confirm a positive ID on his body. However, if CFK takes the same cowards way out and can only be identified with dental records, that wouldn't be a problem at all. The rest can hang.

    Her gang of cowards will pretend like they weren't a part of it to begin with.

    May 28th, 2013 - 03:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

    “Just imagine, a cow on the balcony of the nation, what an awful thing, what a shitty country...”
    AND
    “as she discovered in the course of her uncountable years that a lie is more comfortable than doubt, more useful than love, more lasting than truth, she had arrived without surprise at the ignominious fiction of commanding without power, of being exalted without glory and of being obeyed without authority when she became convinced in the trail of yellow leaves of her autumn that she had never been master of all his power, that he was condemned not to know life except in reverse, condemned to decipher the seams and straighten the threads of the woof and the warp of the tapestry of illusions of reality without suspecting even too late that the only livable life was one of show...”
    - with apologies to Gabriel García Márquez, The Autumn of the Patriarch

    May 28th, 2013 - 06:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Anbar

    “”““as she discovered in the course of her uncountable years that a lie is more comfortable than doubt, more useful than love, more lasting than truth, she had arrived without surprise at the ignominious fiction of commanding without power, of being exalted without glory and of being obeyed without authority when she became convinced in the trail of yellow leaves of her autumn that she had never been master of all her power, that she was condemned not to know life except in reverse, condemned to decipher the seams and straighten the threads of the woof and the warp of the tapestry of illusions of reality without suspecting even too late that the only liveable life was one of show...””“””

    QF Firkin T or what my son!

    Nailed it...

    Of course Argentina wont discover the truth until somebody other than a corrupt peronist takes power... which may be never.

    May 28th, 2013 - 07:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

    The first quote says it all....
    Thanks for your comment.

    May 28th, 2013 - 09:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GFace

    Didn't anyone teach CFK in school to never honk off a judge?

    May 28th, 2013 - 10:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Anglotino

    @10 Chicureo

    Thank you, thought I have obviously modified the original; the intent is the same.

    Everyone is happy for the erosion of democracy and the rule of law when the government has no interest in them personally.

    But who will protect you from the government when they do become interested in you? When you are not patriotic enough? When the state turns on you?

    It seems the lessons haven't been learnt and will more than likely have to be taught AGAIN.

    May 29th, 2013 - 12:18 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • manchesterlad

    @5
    Sorry but I don´t share your confidence, the supreme court have already thrown out the first legal challenge......it´s a sign of things to come

    As soon as Lorenzetti accepted the amendments to the original bill which guaranteed that he still controlled the budget of the court, we knew that we were already in trouble!!!

    May 29th, 2013 - 02:54 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    How convenient for these judges to discover that any diminution of their privileges is illegal and unconstitutional! And what a strange power grab that is, for the President to GIVE the power to vote to the people...

    Jun 06th, 2013 - 07:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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