Attorney General To Address Border Governors Conference, Discuss Mexico’s Transition To Adversarial Court System

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers will address the governors from four U.S. and six Mexican states Sept. 3 as part of a conference aimed at resolving problems along the two countries’ mutual border. Suthers’ presentation, scheduled for the second day of the Border Governors Conference in Monterrey, Mexico, will focus on the efforts of western attorneys general to assist their Mexican peers as their states transition to an adversarial court system.

“Western attorneys general have been involved in helping to prepare our Mexican colleagues for their transition to an adversarial court system,” Suthers said. “The new system will help reduce corruption and improve the effectiveness of the criminal justice system south of the border. We believe our efforts have not only assisted our colleagues during this transition, but also strengthened our relationships with our Mexican peers.”

Suthers is chairman of the Conference of Western Attorneys General. The organization, through grant funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development, have led the effort to train Mexican prosecutors and investigators during their states’ transitions to a format similar to the United States’ trial-court system. The Colorado Attorney General’s Office most recently hosted nearly two-dozen prosecutors and investigators from five Mexican states in June for a series of investigative and legal exercises.

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