Luke McGrath


This Report is divided into five parts, which track the main issues that the mission examined. Part I examines the arbitrary arrest and detention practices that are widespread in Mexico. Part II explores the conditions and standards that lead to the taking of coerced confessions, as well as the ready use of such confessions at trial. In Part III, this Report turns to issues relating to legal representation in Mexico, especially the denial of access to counsel at critical points of the criminal process. The intimidation of defense attorneys, persons of confidence, and human rights advocates furnishes the subject of Part IV. Finally, Part V analyzes the role and performance of the Mexican judiciary, which represents a failed opportunity to redress many of the problems that the Report elsewhere recounts. Aside from detailing the mission's evidence, each section of the report discusses applicable international and domestic standards, and concludes with findings and recommendations.