Judges, juries, and executioners


The last few months have taught us that the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Tribunal is the main tool the government has to sustain some form of institutional legitimacy. But it’s surprising that, given their importance, we know so little of who these people are.

El Estímulo recently did an excellent job of breaking down parts of these people’s bios. As you can imagine, the picture that emerges is that of a hyperpartisan judiciary, willing to go to any length to protect the revolution.

One can distinguish two groups within the Constitutional Chamber. The first is a group of second-rate lawyers who, by virtue of their connections and previous political work for the revolution, got to the top court in the land. They are:

  • Gladys Gutiérrez, former lawyer for the government, former legislator, and former Ambassador, and current President of the court;
  • Juan José Mendoza, also a former legislator for the government;
  • Calixto Ortega, former legislator, and former envoy to the United States;
  • Lourdes Suárez Anderson, the sister of former prosecutor (and “martyr for the revolution“) Danilo Anderson; and
  • Luis Damiani Bustillos, former member of the Cabinet and (gulp!) Provost of the “Bolivarian University”.

The second group consists of two lawyers who have actually studied the law and provide the Chamber with some intellectual gravitas, but nonetheless have shown themselves to have drunk the revolutionary Kool-Aid (with a dash of Nazism, by the way). They are:

These are your judges, folks. Without fear of exaggerating, these are the people who control the fate of the nation.

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  1. The mystery remains though: who is the overworked, nutbar clerk writing the reams of gibberish that passes as the supreme law of the land?

  2. Luis Damiani is a longtime cadre of PCV, Venezuela’s Communist party, who now belongs to the PSUV wing made up of former PCV members like Jesus Farias and Fernando Soto Rojas who merely switched parties when it was politically expedient but whose loyalties are still to the Soviet ideal; so much so that Damiani for the longest time, and until very recently, drove around Caracas in a Russian-made Niva as an ideological statement even after he lost his son in a horrific traffic accident.

    Ideology notwithstanding, Damiani did a good job at the Bolivarian University — a hard worker who honestly tried to make the place sort-of-function when it suddenly had a huge inflow of students, many of whom weren’t qualified. But having him on the Supreme Court boggles the mind.

  3. I doubt they control anything.
    They are the sock puppets
    that cover the dark (and hairy) hands
    of the marionettes that hang from the strings
    pulled by the puppeteer
    that makes them dance to the tune
    composed by Fidel
    and beautifuly played by the PSUV musicians
    on the deck of the Titanic
    after being skillfully steered onto the iceberg
    by the Supreme Commodore Chavez

  4. The Presidnta should be tried and thrown in jail when this is all over. She has overseen the violation of the Constitution so many times of orders from the Executive and in almost any country would land her in prison. Watch how fast, after the Regimen falls and they begin to question her, that she states, “I was following orders, I was pressured, I was…….”


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