"Civil Society" Screeching Over Supreme Court Appointments
Friday, June 15 2012 @ 10:02 AM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
Last night the Cabinet Council appointed Arturo Vallarino, Annabel Padilla and Lilia Herrera as the new judges who will sit on the Fifth Chamber of the Supreme Court. Following this appointment the Executive will send the trio to the National Assembly for ratification.
Editor's Comment: With these appointments and once they are rubber-stamp ratified by the National Assembly, the Supreme Court of Panama will now have twelve sitting justices. Of those, seven have been appointed by Ricardo Martinelli. He now flat-out owns the Supreme Court. If he wanted to he could change your name to "Sally" and the Supreme Court would rule that it was constitutional. Game, set, match. At this point the only thing Panamanians can do is hope he has good intentions, because Martinelli now owns all three branches of government, lock, stock, and barrel. All of the opposition guys - the PRD, Panameņistas, and these always shrill "civil society" talking heads - will be going nuts. It's a zero sum game. Every grain of power Martinelli accumulates means some other political organization loses something. And he's got it all, right down to dog catcher.