09/21/10 – Justice José de Jesús Gudiño Pelayo of the Mexican Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación – SCJN) passed away this weekend after suffering a heart attack while on vacation in the city of Londres, England. He was 67-years-old at the time of his death. According to the online news source W Radio he had a history of health issues. In 2008 he had undergone open-heart surgery.
Justice Gudiño supported the use of emergency contraception, legal recognition of transsexuals, and the rights of same-sex couples. He also recognized Lydia Cacho as a victim of individual and fundamental rights violations and supported the decriminalization of abortion in the Federal District (Distrito Federal). As of this year he had assumed the presidency of the First Chamber of the Court (Primera Sala de la Corte). Justice Gudiño had been serving as the Supreme Court’s representative on the national Coordinating Council for the Implementation of the Criminal Justice System (CCISJP), which is charged with overseeing the implementation of the 2008 judicial sector reform initiative.