Saturday, April 17

Political battle brews in Nicaragua as 2 judges refuse to surrender their gavels

Source:  - BY TIM ROGERS - SPECIAL TO THE MIAMI HERALD - MANAGUA -- The refusal of two Sandinista judges to step down after their Supreme Court terms expired this week has ignited a legal crisis and triggered warnings that President Daniel Ortega is leading the country toward dictatorship.

Armengol Cuadra and Rafael Solís -- Ortega's top judicial appointees -- refused to hand in their gavels on Sunday, the last day of their term. The Sandinista judges, citing a controversial presidential decree and a law that expired 20 years ago, insisted on remaining at their posts. Read More