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Court to end speed camera business

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Speed camera in an avenue in Mexico City - File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
19/10/2017
10:00
Mexico City
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Court to end speed camera business

The Supreme Court of Justice of Mexico has decided to take matters into their own hands, regarding the issue with the speeding tickets, if proved to be unconstitutional. We're told their ruling will only apply to Mexico City, yet it could be replicated throughout the country. In this Wednesday's meeting, the Ministers of the Second Room, chaired by Eduardo Medina, have decided to rule on the amparo a federal judge granted to a citizen for deeming camera speeding tickets unconstitutional. The reason? A video or a photography cannot generate an immediate penalty, because the right to an audience is being violated. We're told it's also expected that the Court will intervene in other amparos granted afterward, on the grounds that the responsibilities of the police have been delegated – for a profit – to a company, which has a fixed minimum quota of tickets to cover. You might remember a District Court ruled against camera tickets in Puebla. It looks like these type of tickets could become null and void, and the millionaire business of speeding tickets will finally crumble.

The reincarnation of Fidel Velázquez

If you don't believe in reincarnation, you should take a look at the Labour Party (PT) – you might rethink your stance. We've been told, with no small measure of irony, that the eternal labor leader of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) Fidel Velázquez, seems to have reincarnated in Alberto Anaya – who simply doesn't want to leave the national coordination of the PT. Even though the Electoral Court has ordered the substitution of the national leader, Anaya – who has spent over 20 years in the post – is preparing a strategy to remain within the national leadership together with 16 members, among them Óscar González, former governor candidate to the State of Mexico. We're told the maneuver will leave things as they are within the PT – except that now they will obey the gender parity rule. The fight goes on, and on! Fidel lives!

Cuauhtémoc reappears at the PRI

And in another party, the former and heavily-criticised leader of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), Cuauhtémoc Gutiérrez de la Torre, has reappeared. After the scandal he found himself in after being accused of financing a prostitution network from within the PRI's HQ in Mexico City, Mr. Cuauhtémoc is still relevant. Prior to the encounter the current national leader of the party, Enrique Ochoa, had with the political class of the party in the capital to announce the arrival of Eruviel Ávila as a delegate, there was a private meeting of three: Mr. Enrique, Mr. Eruviel, and Mr. Gutiérrez de la Torre. We're told it was a debriefing of sorts, with the teamwork request included.

Congress Menu

The coordinators of the Federal Deputies and the Senate pampered themselves with a feast during which they agreed on the legislative agenda of the Congress for what remains of this term. Our sources say the leaders booked a meeting room at a hotel in Polanco, where the catering served a Caprese salad with buffalo mozzarella, Aztec soup, huachinango baked on a banana leaf in annatto sauce or a skirt steak with cheese rajas and, for dessert, a tres leches (three milk) cake or a wet cake of chocolate brulée, orange, and raspberry ice cream. Of course, a white or red wine was also a must for such an exquisite meal. In this occasion, the Senators footed the bill, but next November 16 the deputies will take out their wallets. Ah, the good life!

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