Meet Mexico's new Attorney General
The old AG was no good! So they got this new guy! He was confirmed by Mexico's senate last week.
He's Arturo Chavez Chavez. It didn't sound familiar to me either.
But remember how, at some point during the midst of the frequent murders of women in Juarez and Chihuahua, there were officials who said that maybe it was because, you know, they were wearing miniskirts, so it was sort of their own fault?
Officials like this guy.
The AP's Julie Watson did a good bit a few weeks ago summing up Chavez's history on Juarez:
And that, my friends, is the Administration ours is tight with.
During his 1996-98 term as state attorney general, state police botched investigations into the murders of hundreds of women whose bodies turned up dead in the desert outside Ciudad Juarez so badly that former President Vicente Fox later had to send in federal prosecutors to take over the cases.
Chavez drew fire for suggesting the victims were partly to blame "for wearing miniskirts." He recommended women take karate classes and carry pepper-spray.
"God help us," said Victoria Caraveo, a women's activist in Ciudad Juarez. "He did nothing when faced with this problem in Juarez. What will he do as attorney general for Mexico?"
Calderon says there is no better man to lead his drug war.