Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

A judicial system FRQ?

Quiz time to follow up on the passage of a constitutional amendment that will change Mexico's judicial system from inquisitorial to adversarial.

(For those of you not familiar with the AP exam, an FRQ is a "free response question" that requires students to display their knowledge and understanding with a statement explaining something like this.)

Could your students adequately explain why Mexico City's chief prosecutor resigned over the "botched police raid?" It makes sense that the police chief would resign, but the prosecutor? (Remember, the judicial system there is still an inquisitorial one.)

Mexico: Mayor Lets Chief Resign

"Mayor Marcelo Ebrard, left, of Mexico City sought to defuse an escalating crisis over a botched police raid on a nightclub by accepting the resignations of the city’s police chief and its chief prosecutor. When officers converged on a disco last month, hundreds of patrons tried to flee. The police pushed back at the only exit, creating a bottleneck that left nine young people and three officers asphyxiated. Mr. Ebrard initially defended Joel Ortega, the city’s public security director, and Rodolfo Felix Cardenas, the chief prosecutor. After first resisting, he finally accepted both of their resignations."

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