Saturday, May 15, 2010
Judge Baltasar Garzon, Spain's most famous human rights judge, was suspended this week by a judicial oversight board after the judge lost an appeal seeking to dismiss a case brought against him for allegedly abusing his authority when he was investigating human rights abuses committed during the Spanish Civil War and Franco era. The judge had been investigating the execution or disappearance of more than 100,000 people by supporters of Franco. N.Y. Times, May 15, 2010, at A6.
The suspension was not unexpected -- any judge who is charged with a violation of authority and who is awaiting trial would most likely be suspended pending the outcome of that trial. But the injustice here is that the judge had been charged at all. Read our earlier posts by clicking here and here.