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Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013

Court orders Florence Cassez to be freed

       Mexico's Supreme Court ordered the release of Florence Cassez, a Frenchwoman who had been convicted in a kidnapping case. It did not rule on her guilt or innocence; it only said that authorities did not follow due process in her case. The decision causes a national stir. Story, La Jornada.

Update, Jan. 25: Columnist Antonio Magaña notes that Cassez and Jorge Hank Rhon are similar in the sense that they were able to get the best legal help available to get charges against them dismissed. His column, Frontera (PDF).

Excélsior columnist Leo Zuckermann says many readers angry with his position backing the freeing of Cassez want him or his children to be kidnapped in hopes that he will change his point of view.

Update, Jan. 26: Los Angeles Times has good front-page story about outrage in Mexico about the case. Writer Richard Fausset cites a Reforma poll saying 83% of Mexicans opposed the ruling, and writes about the case in the context of Mexico's move to oral trials (her arrest came before the move to change Mexico's trial system).

March 2012 mention of case.

Zuckermann's March 2012 column on case.

Story on magazine running photos of Cassez and her boyfriend, believed to be the main culprit in the kidnapping.