Thursday, December 06, 2012

In Your Face, Cameroon!

PBS's POV recently asked its viewers to decide the 100 Greatest Documentaries of All Time, and while we weren't surprised to find the Burro Hall Audio/Visual Division's work passed over (cough*politics!*cough), we were disappointed at the absence of Presunto Culpable - presumably excluded to make room for March of the Fucking Penguins - but happy that this gives us another chance to post it here.  Everyone thinks that, living in Mexico, our greatest fear must be getting our heads chopped off by sicarios.  No, our greatest fear is being jailed for the rest of our lives for a crime we didn't commit.

Hey, but what are the chances of that happening?  Well, according to the World Justice Project's 2012 Rule of Law Index, the answer is: pretty fuckin' good!  WJP ranked Mexico 90th in the category of Civil Justice, and 91st in Criminal Justice.

Out of 97.

The good news is that we managed to squeak ahead of Bangladesh, Liberia, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, and Venezuela!  Still, it hurts to see Iran, Sierra Leone, and Kyrgyzstan strutting around like they own the place.  Full report here.


Don Alberto Doyle said...

Sadly for my Nobel prospects, I'm not a member of The Tribe, but frankly, Shirley, what I find far more offensive about the list is that the most important eyewitness account of the 20th century isn't at Numero Uno (where it belongs), isn't in the Top Five (jaw began to droop), isn't in the Top 10 (jaw fully slack), isn't in the Top 25 (placed hand below jaw to protect it from hitting my desk), isn't in the Top 50 (placed two hands there to protect forehead). WTF? I know it's 9 hours, but how is it remotely possible? It's like not finding Tom Brady, Johnny Unitas, Joe Montana, Peyton Manning,or Brett Favre in a list of the Top 50 quarterbacks. The insult here was to Jews, not Mexicans. Shoah at #51 is the stupidest thing I've ever seen (except for gross hyperbole in a blog comment).

Also, Grey Gardens is mediocre, a silly choice for the top spot, only getting the nod in this modern trash-voyeurism era of Jersey Shore and Big Brother, and because they're Jackie O's relatives. Crumb tells a more interesting story about a more interesting family of freaks.

Bah. I'm done.

Ed said...

José Antonio Zúñiga Rodríguez was actually pretty fortunate to have been convicted in Mexico, had he been convicted in, let's say, Texas or Georgia, he could have gone the way of Michael Morton, Justin Wolfe, David Lee Wiggins or even worse, Carlos DeLuna, Troy Davis, Ruben Cantu or Cameron Todd Willingham.

Burro Hall said...

I'm not one to defend the Texas justice system, but I can't see any huge advantage to being wrongly convicted of murder in Mexico over being wrongly convicted of murder elsewhere.

José Zúñiga was fortunate to have been convicted on film - which, in Mexico, puts him literally in a category by himself.

Ed said...

It appears to me as incommensurably worse to be falsely convicted of murder in a place with death penalty.

Burro Hall said...

Again, I'm not one to defend Texas on any level, least of all its so-called justice system. I'm just saying that, given the choice between life in a Mexican jail or death in a Texan one, I'd want some time to think it over.

Don Alberto Doyle said...

Remember, the song The Midnight Special refers to a man who'd rather lay down on a train track and get run over rather than return to a Texas prison. As a man who's spent four days in one, I'm not sure if death in a Texas prison isn't to be preferred.