Sunday, April 14, 2013, dawned dark, sticky, and warm; not a very good day for picture-taking. But everything was planned for a foray into the former Canal Zone in search of subjects to capture for our blog. Postponement was out of the question. I had ran out of pictures and that was a grave problem, since I’m not very good with words. I started my white Corolla, accompanied with my wife, and hoped for the best. (Vaya con Diós)
It was a tricky trip, since many of the highways in this area have been modified as a result of the modernization program of Panama City. It’s an absolute nightmare driving in the city with all these “cambios” taking place at once. Even with a talkative Garmin GPS, driving in the city is still a dangerous adventure. A wrong turn could be the difference between life and death. Panamanians are not the best drivers in the world. It’s amazing how well-educated and most polite persons, turn into irresponsible kamikaze drivers once they sit behind a wheel. The transformation is difficult to describe in printed words.
Trying to be cautious, I selected an early Sunday morning for my photo walk. Few if no cars on the streets. The only problem was the overcast day, but I was willing to take my chances. One of the subjects was the magnificent edifice that houses the Panama Supreme Court. As you probably know, the rulings of the Supreme Court are final; there are no appeals regarding their legal decisions. The nine Magistrates of the Supreme Court (Justices of the Supreme Court) are chosen by the President of the Republic for ten years.
The nine magistrates of the Panama Supreme Court are:
- Oyden Ortega Durán
- Hernán Antonio De León Batista
- Harley James Mitchell Dale
- José Ayú Prado
- Harry Alberto Díaz González de Mendoza
- Jerónimo Emilio Mejía Edward
- Alejandro Moncada Luna
- Luis Ramón Fábrega Sánchez
- Víctor Leonel Benavides Pinilla
It’s interesting to point out that there is not a single woman in our Supreme Court at this moment. We still have a long way to go to break the glass ceiling in our Judicial Branch. The “macho” idiosyncrasy still prevails in Latin America—and that is wrong.
Below are the pictures taken during an overcast lazy day in a sleepy city in Middle America. Here we go.