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Former Constitutional Law Professor Gets Lecture On Separation Of Powers From Argentina

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It is apparently inconceivable to the Argentine political mind that there are things that a presidente cannot do, and so another senior member of Cristina Kirchner’s government has asked Barack Obama to dig around in his secret bag of executive tricks and rid them of that meddlesome magistrate, U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa.

"When it comes to a bilateral relationship with a sovereign country and the violation of its immunities, it is necessary for the executive branch to intervene," Capitanich said. "The executive has a monopoly on relations with other countries."

"The United States is responsible for the actions of its branches of power, in this case the judicial branch, regardless of the independence of the functioning of those branches," he said.

That civics textbook must still be en route to Buenos Aires; when it arrives, Jorge and Axel and the rest can learn all about separation of powers, equality of the branches of government and lifetime tenure of federal judges, even 83-year-old federal judges who are annoying Argentina. Perhaps next time, Cabinet Chief Capitanich can address a hopeless but constitutionally legitimate plea to House Speaker John Boehner to begin drafting articles of impeachment against Griesa for the high crime of forcefully insisting that Argentina pay its bills and live up to its contractual commitments—about which the Constitution also has a few things to say.

Argentina asks US to intervene in court case over defaulted debt [Big News]


The late Judge Thomas P. Griesa. By John Haslam from Dornoch, Scotland [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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