Commentators on both sides of the Rio Grande have begun to pay attention to the doings of la Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación, Mexico's Supreme Court. After decades of caution, the 90-year-old Court seems to have taken an "activist" turn, reports the Los Angeles Times. Early this month overturned a law granting "huge concessions" to Televisa and another media conglomerate. "'The court took action because it had to,'" Mexico City-based Professor Ana Laura Magaloni told the Times. "'All the other branches had caved in.'"
The Court further launched an investigation of a "rogue" governor in Oaxaca, and has just decided to expand that investigation to former President Vicente Fox and other federal officials. The court is about to consider a similar investigation in Puebla. (Meanwhile, Mexico's executive branch appears ready to extradite Quintana Roo's ex-governor for trial in the United States.)
The Court's moves have generated applause among those who, the Times writes, see this as Mexico's Warren Court moment. But others warn that this is "dangerous terrain": 1 columnist advised readers to "tighten your seat beat, because there's going to be turbulence."