September 1, 2014
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Zaffaroni slams ‘penal populism’
The government yesterday formally launched a three-month societal debate over the Penal Code reform, with Supreme Court Justice Eugenio Zaffaroni leading a conference at the University of Buenos Aires Law School.
“We cannot pretend that the Penal Code will stem from the people’s voice and will be discussed on street corners or in media outlets,” Zaffaroni said, referring to the need for an institutional framework to the debate.
Also present at the session were PRO lawmaker Federico Pinedo, Radical (UCR) Congressman Ricardo Gil Lavedra and former Socialist Party lawmaker María Elena Barbagelata, among other sectors who collaborated in drafting the bill that would reform the Code.
Zaffaroni also slammed “penal populism,” a dynamic whereby parties compete over toughness on crime, saying such processes led to the country’s “most terrifying experience in the last century,” in reference to the last military dictatorship and the opposition to the draft by Sergio Massa and his Renewal Front.
The justice praised the drafting commission that wrote up the bill, saying they had “reinforced the public’s confidence in politics,” which he defined as “the fight for power, but not an unscrupulous one without limits.”
Herald with DyN