Mexico enacts reform of constitutional appeals

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Posted: Jun 03, 2011 4:28 PM
Mexico enacts reform of constitutional appeals

Mexican President Felipe Calderon says new changes to Mexico's constitutional appeals will make them less attractive to criminals and more useful for average citizens.

The appeals are meant to prevent authorities from violating people's rights, but often result in injunctions that block police searches or detentions. Judges will be able to throw out appeals they think criminals are using to block or delay justice.

Calderon said Friday's reforms will broaden the range of grounds for such appeals and create precedents from rulings. Before, plaintiffs could successfully appeal laws that violated their rights, but the rulings applied only to them.

The reforms also will let corporations file appeals. Previously only individuals could.