His Brother's Keeper

The investigation of a politician's murder shakes Mexico as a new President takes over

In Mexico, public officials who quit their jobs but value their futures tend to keep the reasons for leaving to themselves. Not Mario Ruiz Massieu. He held a press conference, for which he took out newspaper advertisements offering public invitations. He arrived surrounded by a cordon of rifle-toting federal police and bodyguards. He distributed 3,000 copies, printed in color, of his resignation speech. And after announcing his departure both from his job as Mexico's assistant attorney general and from the political party to which he has belonged for 23 years, Ruiz Massieu slammed the door behind him with enough fury to...

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