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House of Death Case Takes Turn Towards a No-Win

Conroy: House of Death Case Takes Turn Towards a No-Win Situation for Government

Dear Colleague,

The US Eighth District Court of Appeals has delivered a major rebuke for Department of Justice prosecutors and their attempts to cover-up official misdeeds in the House of Death case. The court, this week, struck down an appeal by the government that sought to reverse a Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) decision halting the deportation of former customs informant Guillermo Eduardo Ramirez Peyro. The BIA had ruled that the informant’s life would be in danger if returned to Mexico.

Bill Conroy reports on the ruling and how the recent ruling could be bad news for the US government, as it opens the door to further litigation which may lead to more embarrassing and damaging information becoming public.

The ruling also has consequences for US-Mexican relations in the war on drugs.

Conroy reports:

"The ruling is not unexpected, but the consequences for the government could be troublesome, since further proceedings may well result in additional embarrassing information surfacing about the House of Death mass murder and the pretense of the so-called war on drugs.

"...If the BIA upholds the immigration judge's original findings, it also upholds that judge's findings of fact with respect to the complicity of the Mexican government in drug trafficking. Given Mexican President Felipe Calderon's much publicized recent 'crack down' on narco-traffickers in his country, such a finding by the BIA might be seen as a diplomatic slap in the face and leave Calderon's hardline on narco-trafficking open to international ridicule. Such a finding by the BIA would clearly imply that nothing of real substance could be accomplished in suppressing the narco-trafficking trade absent a wholesale bloodletting within Calderon's own government. In essence, it would expose the hypocrisy of Calderon's drug-war policies.

"...Now, couple that pickle with the highly embarrassing details of the pretense of the drug war that are now in the public record of one of the highest courts in the land, and you begin to see why the Department of Justice has gone to such great lengths to silence the informant Ramirez Peyro."

Read the rest of this article and other breaking news from Latin America at Narco News:

From somewhere in a country called América,

David B. Briones
The Narco News Bulletin

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