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MEXICO: The rule of law without formal government
We thank Linda Nyquist for this information: "This terrible story of rural justice is so troubling but not unexpected. I see it not so much a failure of the justice system, but more a reflection on the educational system. These villagers probably lack any formal education or, at best, have 1-2 years of primary schooling. Additionally, they probably have no clergy in the area. A priest might come once each year. Personally, I am not interested in spreading religion, but a religious presence, combined with more education, might be a calming influence on the "frontier justice" meted out in rural areas.
WAISers might enjoy reading Sam Quinones' True Tales from another Mexico: The Lynch Mob, the Popsicle Kings, Chalino, and the Bronx (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2001). There is a good chapter related to this incident being debated by WAISers entitled "Lynching in Huejutla." This is a fine book about interesting issues confronting contemporary Mexico".
Ronald Hilton - 3/29/02