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Until 2:00 pm yesterday, I was glued to the live transmission of the Mexican Supreme

Florence's painting

One of Florence’s paintings

Court last examination of Florence Cassez’ case; Trying to make sense with my flimsy Spanish of what was going on.  I had to leave when Justice Zaldivar was eloquently making the case that the Mexican High Court was a Constitutional Court, not a Court of Appeal; and hence arguing- I believe- that the Court was not in the business of redoing another Florence’s trial all over again.

Later on, I would learn that the verdict was 3-2 for Olga Sanchez Cordero’s proposal and that Florence was to be freed immediately.

I visited Florence on December 29 of last year for the second time in the Centro de Readaptación Femenil de Tepepan in Mexico City.  She knew a review of her case by the Supreme Court was pending but did not know when at this time. We talked about her projects if…. Yet she was evasive, even tense, while talking about herself.  She has developed a real talent for painting in jail and was about to give painting classes – along with aerobic classes- to her fellow inmates; What struck me was that she was much more eloquent about what she wanted to do for women who like her, were in jail for reasons as shaky as those for which she was incarcerated. I could not help but think that if I were in her shoes – innocent and in jail for seven years- I would be devoured by bitterness and anger and not necessarily think of the fate of my brethren…

The Supreme Court’s decision is real good news  for Florence; it is also real good news for justice in Mexico.  Televisa’s apology for having staged Florence’s arrest (finally) on December 2005 , is a sign that things may change. Also, Mexico has to be a better place to get justice now that former Presidente Felipe Calderón is not around. He himself  may touch on that in his lectures at Harvard…

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