Caro Quintero and the Border Patrol

Two curious and apparently unrelated news stories are eerily inversely similar.

In one, a Mexican judge ordered the release of Rafael Caro Quintero, a Mexican drug lord linked to the murder of DEA agent Enrique Camarena, claiming that the federal court that convicted him lacked jurisdiction for a state crime. 

In the other, a U.S. justice department declined to charge Border Patrol agents accused of shooting a Mexican over the border, citing a lack of jurisdiction for victims of violence who are on Mexican soil.  There have been like six similar incidents in the past few years, and, so far, the Justice Department has refused to prosecute any Border Patrol agent. 

The U.S. government has also refused to charge agents in the controversial death of an undocumented border crosser killed in custody in San Diego. 

So in the first, we have a Mexican accused of killing a federal agent in Mexico, and in the second, we have federal agents accused of killing Mexicans in Mexico.

Is it just a coincidence, or is the Mexican government sending a message to their North American brothers?

I reckon that these incidents are completely unrelated.  But the universe is strangely poetic.

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