For decades, presidents have strong-armed prosecutors and judges, who, depending on their fealty to the government in power, have often been pliant and obliging. “Federal prosecutors have never really investigated the government,” Manuel Garrido said. “For the most part, their work has been defined by stopping” — rather than advancing — “investigations into political power.”
In the spring of 2013, the president vowed to “democratize the judiciary,” forcing an ambitious reform bill through Congress. There was legitimate cover, and precedent, for taking on the judiciary, since it had a reputation for corruption. But Fernández’s reform included a characteristic mix of toke...
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