Mexico was shocked by the recent murder of
the judge Vicente Bermúdez, which took place in public, in the middle of the
day. Bermúdez was known for adopting judicial decisions in cases against
organized crime, like the ones related to Joaquín Guzmán Loera and the
disappearance of the 43 students of Ayotzinapa. Unfortunately, it is not the
only case of an assassinated judge in Mexico, nor it is the only country in
the region where something like this has happened.
Sentencing and sanctioning innocents is a severe failure on the part of the judiciary. Preventing wrongful sentences should be a priority, and thus knowing its causes is fundamental. However, to what degree is this occurring? The empirical evidence suggests it is quite common and deserves serious attention.Read More