The long, long arm of Spanish law

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In the long run all this prattle about the nomination of Harriet Miers may prove naught but moot. Somewhere down the road we may find our jurisprudence being adjudicated by the Spanish courts thus obviating the need for our Supreme Court. For. . .

Thousands of disappearances and killings committed during Guatemala's civil war may be judged in Spanish courts after a change in the law.

Spain's highest court ruled that cases of genocide committed abroad could be judged in Spain even if no Spanish citizens have been involved.

The ruling follows a request by a Guatemalan Nobel prize winner for Spain to probe abuses in the 1970s and 1980s.

Guatemalan Nobel prize winner? Why that must be none other than Rigoberta Menchu. Don't know who she is? You're in for a surprise.

Now if the Spanish courts can judge cases involving crimes in foreign countries and not involving Spanish citizens, perhaps they will eventually get around to judging without there even having been a crime. Think?

This sounds like a "living" Constitution on steroids. Must be one of them thar penumbras.

Dennis Sevakis   10 06 05

In the long run all this prattle about the nomination of Harriet Miers may prove naught but moot. Somewhere down the road we may find our jurisprudence being adjudicated by the Spanish courts thus obviating the need for our Supreme Court. For. . .

Thousands of disappearances and killings committed during Guatemala's civil war may be judged in Spanish courts after a change in the law.

Spain's highest court ruled that cases of genocide committed abroad could be judged in Spain even if no Spanish citizens have been involved.

The ruling follows a request by a Guatemalan Nobel prize winner for Spain to probe abuses in the 1970s and 1980s.

Guatemalan Nobel prize winner? Why that must be none other than Rigoberta Menchu. Don't know who she is? You're in for a surprise.

Now if the Spanish courts can judge cases involving crimes in foreign countries and not involving Spanish citizens, perhaps they will eventually get around to judging without there even having been a crime. Think?

This sounds like a "living" Constitution on steroids. Must be one of them thar penumbras.

Dennis Sevakis   10 06 05