Border justice

first_imgWhile usually the combination of the words “Supreme Court,” “overturning” and “precedent” arouses great controversy and division here in the U.S., there’s one recent high court reversal that all Americans can celebrate. We refer, of course, to the Mexican Supreme Court. On Wednesday, Mexico’s highest court overturned its 2001 ruling that lifetime imprisonment is cruel and unusual punishment. That earlier decision had barred Mexican authorities from extraditing killers who were likely to get life sentences in the U.S. The result was that Mexico became a place of refuge for some of America’s most wanted – including 700 suspects in California crimes, 200 in the Los Angeles area. But not any more. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Whether the change is due to pressure from American officials, shifts in the Mexican high court’s composition or a simple change in attitude, the result is the same. The decision is a boon for justice, although Mexico still has in effect its long-standing ban on extraditing its citizens who face potential death penalty sentences. Still, the court’s action should help to strengthen U.S.-Mexican relations by improving the two governments’ ability to work together on issues of common interest – including immigration.last_img