Monday, September 20

The government of the judges

The PP inaugurated the course by saying that they already had their government prepared for when Sánchez falls, although there are two years left in the legislature. There was a lot of fun with Casado’s “imaginary Council of Ministers,” but the truth is that the popular ones already have a shadow government in operation: the mostly conservative judicial leadership that they refuse to renew and that refuses to resign because, meanwhile, they help him in cases of corruption and in the war of attrition against the government elected at the polls.

Two pieces of news that are better understood together. One, Casado blocks the renewal of the CGPJ. Two, the president of the judges’ body, Carlos Lesmes, distributes the responsibility for the blockade between the parties, thus in general, although only the right is to blame. The maneuver is perfect. They discredit Sánchez for something that is attributable to the opposition, they give ammunition to the conservative media artillery and they are like God shedding a few sorry tears. They are crocodile tears. If they wanted, the president and the members could resign and force the replacement.

But you can see that they do not want to because the right is doing very well that way. Thanks to the blockade, the Supreme Criminal Chamber that judges corruption cases is made up of 11 conservative and 2 progressive judges. It was the CGPJ that removed Judge Ruz from the National Court, where he was handling the Gürtel case, because he dared to search the headquarters of the PP. In the Court precisely, they have placed Judge García Castellón, who unsuccessfully tried to try Pablo Iglesias against the criteria of the Prosecutor’s Office, the Supreme Court and his own courtmates and who has now dismissed Cospedal from the Kitchen case and has not even had a well take a statement from Rajoy, who incidentally gave him a well-paid carguito during a good season.

It is not only the political right, it is also the legal right that blocks to have the judiciary in their hands. It is the Government in the shadow of the judges. The untouchables of the CGPJ who, instead of fighting against corruption, perpetuate it. In this way they do favors to politicians and friendly businessmen and attack those who question the established order, from power to independence. What they don’t get in the polls, they try to get in the sewers.

The PP has controlled the judges’ body in 20 of the last 30 years, although it has only ruled 14 years. 6 years of blockades with the help of its related magistrates who fine-tune it. Mr. Lesmes, a friend of Aznar, has been chairing a body for 1000 days that he should have left according to the constitutional mandate. In these 3 years, the CGPJ has made 76 appointments, until Parliament put a stop to them, that if they did not continue to move chips. But every year, Lesmes, he treats us to the slap on the wrist. A god begging and with the hammer giving.

Most judges want the judges themselves to elect the judicial leadership. The PP now supports him, although he did not see it necessary when he governed because he already placed whoever he wanted. The judicial elite that comes mostly from the privileged class and is overwhelmingly conservative, even heir to the Franco regime, wants to ensure permanent control. The real challenge of the Spanish Justice is to democratize the profession with aid that facilitate access to the magistracy of the working class and enable election methods that eliminate blockages and favoritism. The first who could set an example are the current members of the CGPJ, resigning en bloc to end the blockade. From the respect you owe to the Constitution, go to hell.

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