Our biased judiciary and the digital eye

    In the fourth edition of his book Requiem for a culture originally published in 1970, Eduardo Seda Bonilla wrote that, "The power elite and its representatives in Puerto Rico count with the effective means to bribe  with all its machinery of employment, promotions, honorific distinctions, and high salaries for incompetent but malleable employees...." The island's institutions become depositories of political affiliates that, instead of using an integral professional criteria, allow others to tell them what to do and think.  It looks like  little has changed today, some forty years later. (Just the contrary if we consider that the author originally was referring to the University, which suggests that the practice has extended itself to other institutions in the island.)   It was announced yesterday that judge Oscar Davila Suliveres, whom held in his court the Paseo Caribe lawsuit, decided in favor of the businessman.  Very easily Davila Suliveres made the government guilty, without having to decide the actual merits of the public claim, determined by "The People's Tribunal" whom had found serious wrong-doing.  We may also note that a judge found "cause for arrest" of Joseph Raymond Molina, whom clearly had defended himself against the Carlos Romero Barcelo's attack.   The video of the incident clearly demonstrates the ex-governor initiating the physical conflict by standing against Molina and taking an aggressive posture--for which his friends had to restrain him.  (Since everyone knows Bush is an idiot, there was not reason for Romero to get mad-if this in fact was the topic of discussion as Molina alledges.)  We have to clean our judiciary here in Puerto Rico if we want to live in a just nation that abides by the actual principle of the law, rather than technical pretexts that subvert truth and the dignity of justice.  (We also may note that "the horse, Romero Barcelo, has not modified his conduct according to the near reality created by the eternally present digital camera.  He seems to wrongly presume that he could easily distort the facts of the event, thereby controlling its public interpretation.)

    Ponencias (Tribunal del Pueblo)

Fuente: PRIndyMedia.Org

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