The Los Angeles Times on Garzon’s Suspension

The Los Angeles Times on Garzon’s Suspension

A good editorial, one that provides important context.  Here’s a snippet:

From the beginning, the case against Garzon has seemed to be motivated by political and personal vendettas, and the timing of these decisions is no exception. Early in the week, Garzon had asked Spanish authorities for a seven-month leave to work as a consultant to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, presumably as a face-saving measure to avoid the humiliation of a suspension. But on Wednesday, an investigating magistrate for the Supreme Court (and one of Garzon’s detractors) suddenly ordered Garzon to face trial for proceeding without jurisdiction on the Spanish Civil War cases, and the suspension followed on Friday. Such haste in a case that had been moving normally through the system since February has the whiff of malice; the decision was made even though the Spanish attorney general’s office still had questions about the case. If convicted, the 54-year-old Garzon would not be jailed, but he could be removed from the bench for up to 20 years. For all practical purposes, it would mean the end of his career in Spain.

You can read the whole thing here.

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It is sad to see so many people giving opinion and even condemning Garzón’s (by the way, three, not one) causes without knowing anything not only about the spanish laws, but not even about the circumstances. 
The people who started the causes may be politically motivated, but that is not the point. The point is not even if Garzón had broken the law, that is clearly so, but if he did so on purpose, wich for a judge is a very serious crime. 
To condone Garzón’s conduct because one feels sympathy for his reasons is a very disparaging attitude toward spanish law.