Mar 14, 2011

Mexican judges in Rubi Frayre case resign, avoid political trial

Copyight@2011 WLM

By Kelly McKenzie

CIUDAD JUAREZ, MEXICO -- Three Chihuahua state judges who acquitted a man accused of killing teenage  mother Rubi Marisol Frayre Escobedo resigned their judicial posts, according to officials on Monday.

Frayre's mother, Marisela Escobedo Ortiz, who fought tirelessly for justice in her daughter's case, was assassinated in December during a protest in front of the Chihuahua governor's palace.

Escobedo had stepped up her protest after the judges set free Sergio Barraza Bocanegro, who confessed to having killed Frayre, his common-law wife, in 2008.

The judges came unde fire after acquitting Barraza during one of the state's public proceedings under Chihuahua's new reformed legal system.

Before the reforms, suspects were required to prove their innocence; after the reforms, state ministerial officers had to prove a suspect's guilt.

The judges Catalina Ochoa, Rafael Boudid and Netzahualcoyotl Zuniga had faced a political trial by the state legislature.

Marisela Escobedo's emotional reaction to the acquittal was caught on camera.

Her murder by an unidentified man also was caught on camera.

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