The Worst Profile of a Possible Minister in the Mexican Supreme Court


Alejandro Jaime Gomez Sanchez is still Mexico State Attorney.

Alejandro Jaime Gomez Sanchez has so many hot potatoes in his hands as Mexico State Attorney, for that reason his profile is the experts’ top concern on the way to the Mexican Supreme Court of Justice.

There are six profiles that the Mexican Senate analyzes on its way to find two ministers whose places are to be occupied after November 30th, but it was Gomez Sanchez’s resume that turned on the red lights to the experts.

One of the reasons-not necessarily the minor-is that Gomez Sanchez is linked to President Enrique Peña Nieto’s political group.

From 2010 to 2012, Gomez Sanchez was Deputy Legal of the Attorney General of the State of Mexico, when this institution was commanded by Alfredo Castillo, current general director of the National Sports Commission (CONADE, in Spanish). Both worked with Peña Nieto when he was Governor of the State of Mexico.

However, in a country that’s immersed in a severe justice credibility crisis, problems in the fight against the drug trafficking and the failed defense of the human rights, the experts are worried for how the Mexico State Attorney administers the justice.

Gomez Sanchez already occupied that position when Mexican army executed at least 15 people in a shootout in Tlatlaya, where 22 people died.

In that case, the staff of the Attorney General of the State of Mexico arrived six hours later, which affected the crime scene on detriment of the indirect victims of the case, as documented by the National Human Rights Commission.

The complete story was published by Animal Politico in the article “What happened in Tlatlaya minute by minute, according to the CNDH?“.

Added to that case, Gomez Sanchez has failed to confront the wave of femicides in the entity, which has the highest rate of such crimes at the national level for several years.

“From 2011 to 2013, 840 murders of women were registered in the state, but only 145 were investigated as femicide. Besides, between 2011 and 2012 the local prosecutor’s office reported that 1,258 women have disappeared, of which over 53% were between 10 and 17 years old”, reported the National Citizen Femicide Observatory.

These facts about Gomez Sanchez are integrated as part of the first analysis of the Court’s lists. written by the investigator of the UAM Xochimilco, Jorge Javier Romero. The analysis is supported by a group of experts and civil society organizations that promote #SinCuatesNiCuotas (it means without quotas and buddies), initiative published on site.

Other organizations, as Mexico Evalua and Fundar, are also concerned about Gomez Sanchez’s profile and his possible election as minister.

The rest of the profiles are less worrisome, but also have their own problems, according to the analysis of Romero. They are:

  • Álvaro Castro Estrada, linked to the Church, for that reason he might defend the principle of secularism.
  • Javier Laynez Potisek, former Public Prosecutor of the Federation and current judge of the Federal Court of Fiscal and Administrative Justice. There are no warnings about his profile.
  • Judith Veronica Sanchez Valle was charged by the Attorney General’s Office for alleged crimes against the administration of justice and she received disciplinary sanctions by the Council of the Federal Judiciary.
  • Sara Patricia Orea Ochoa and Norma Pina Lucia Hernandez where no alerts seem to exist.

For now, Mexico has just some institutions with credibility and integrity, one of them is the Supreme Court, for that the selection of the new ministers is so important. The Senate has selected the right people to help guarantee the integrity of this institution.

This year, the Senate failed when it gave Eduardo Medina Mora a position as a minister. He is linked to the President and his party, the PRI, as I explained in my article “The Importance of a Mexican Court without Political Quotas and Buddies“.

Now, are senators interested in defending the integrity and credibility of the Supreme Court?


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