Sunday, December 5, 2010
Embarrassment for Calderón and Company
Sandra Ávila Beltrán, la Reina del Pacífico, has been freed from prison and cleared of all charges of drug trafficking. She had always said that her crime was growing up among drug dealers and being of that world, not actually trafficking drugs. According to the Mexican legal system, she was right. Felipe Calderón was among those who loudly trumpeted her arrest in 2007. As with Michoacanazo, thanks to the triumphant reaction on the occasion of the arrest, he now looks worse than he would have had the case come apart with him remaining silent. In most of these cases where there is some doubt, he'd be better off remaining silent until the conviction came down.