Skip to comments.Federal officials try to block Texas execution to allow world court review of case
Posted on 07/28/2008 11:47:22 AM PDT by Texican72
Fourteen years and numerous judicial reviews have passed since José Medellin was sentenced to die after confessing to the brutal gang rape and murder of two teenage girls in Houston.
That's long enough, state officials say. It's time to carry out the sentence.
But defense attorneys, and an unusual coalition of federal officials, including no less than the attorney general and secretary of state, say if his Aug. 5 execution is not stayed, so Mr. Medellin's case can be reviewed one more time at the behest of the International Court of Justice, Texas will be rushing to judgment and endangering Americans abroad.
"Put simply, the United States seeks the help of the State of Texas," Attorney General Michael Mukasey and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice wrote Texas Gov. Rick Perry in a letter released by defense attorneys.
(Excerpt) Read more at dallasnews.com ...
times up...time to die....
These federal officials should be tried for treason. And then shot.
I agree, hang them.
There is nothing more to litigate. There is simply a disagreement between the State of Texas and the World Court. Tell the World Court to pound sand and move on.
No, hang them with a rope...
These federal officials should be tried for treason. And then shot.”
More waste of taxpayer dollars by people who have their own self-importance pumped way out of proportion to the facts of the case.
Wonder just how swiftly this perp killed his victims?????
Way too much taxpayer money is spent on these kinds of things.
Death week, not death row.
Seriously, why is it that we are abiding by the “World Court” when no one else would dare give up their soverignty?
Empirical Power we are, that is for damned sure.
Yet, we don’t act like one.
- John Adams
We are not beholden to or under the authority of any world court.
If other places want to try and harm Americans over this, when a brutal murder of two young girls took place, then they will suffer 1st the loss of trade with the US as people and companies quit going there, and if they push it too far, they will suffer under the force of arms of the US Marines.
That's how this should work and these other nations better damn well be aware of it.
The SCOTUS has ruled that this is a State, not a federal, issue. Just do it, Texas!
Fire them all... then a public hanging for the scumbag.
we have gotten to the point where we worry more about offending outside nations. look at what we are becoming since we did away with America first. i shake my head each day.
The “World Court” isn’t looking for a flaw in the case, the world opinion is that the death penalty is “wrong”. Not so much public outcry against the gang rape and murder of two teenaged girls.
The victims were hispanic too so there is no racial element to this seeking punishment. The father one of the girls publicly speaks out these days that he agrees with the punishment.
world court??? this “court” doesn´t exist in this world.
Did you mean “Imperial” power?...............
This act of anti-American treason, the Bush Admin supporting the rights of an illegal alien scumbag murderer over the rights of American citizens, is sickening.
And there are still people who believe Bush and the GOP is conservative...
This is not the America my grandfather knew.
Come on Texas, you’re the country’s last hope.
“and endangering Americans abroad.”
other than in Islamic countries, Americans have no reason to fear being put to death by any Government. they do not believe in capital punishment and want to imposed, their views on us.
Pi$$ on the Feds! Shoot him up Yesterday!
You nailed it. This is nothing more than an attempt by death penalty foes to stop these executions. They claim the poor fellows weren't advised that they could contact their consul, as if that would have changed anything.
Texas will do the right thing and carry out justice in accordance with their laws.
No, that’d let them off too easily, they need to be gang raped and murdered the same way the victim’s were.
Actually, the issue is that this piece of human debris didn’t get to consult with his consulate before trial or something to that effect. If TX execute him, this may put American abroad in the same situation - unable to contact their consulate while being held for a crime.
Of course, I doubt it occurred to this piece of trash to ask. Most Americans know enough to demand to speak to their consulate as soon as they are arrested.
An any case, waste the bastard. Americans abroad will have to take their chances.
Are we seeing a pattern here?
I still believe the oath you take ought to mean something. If you take an oath to enforce American law, that's what we expect. You have no choice of laws you like or don't like.
You spelled it right..............But it was kinda funny. Empirical means something that can be proven by observation...........
This man was not DENIED contact with his consulate. He and his lawyers never made the request.
A foreign nation which would DENY an American who requests audience with his consulate would be a different thing.
It’s ridiculous for alien criminal defendants to invoke this treaty on appeal when they never made any request to contact their country’s embassy before they went on trial. How is the state of Texas supposed to know that a prisoner is not a US citizen if that prisoner does not inform the state of that fact?
Under amnesty and sanctuary provisions of many communities, he is to be accepted as a citizen (even though he may not vote).
He’s treated as a local and suddenly there is an outcry.
A public defender (don’t know if he used one) may give him flawed representation but that is true of any lawyer even in private practice. Was it a deliberate act on the part of his legal defense to deny him access to his consulate?
Unless it is applied by Iran for "crimes" like blasphemy and apostacy.
No such thing as a World Court.
What a bunch of dunces. By my count in 162 hours, 25 minutes and this should all be over.
Who do these people think they are? The day Texas is ordered by the Feds to follow directives of a “world court” is the day we need to say adios to the Union.
Texas Courts derive their power from the people and are not subservient to any foreign court. Kinda like an elected Sheriff.
States agreed to share some power with the Feds in joining the union, but never agreed to have their courts ruled by foreigners, who have no standing in creating the States in the first place.
If the Feds “win” and stop the execution, it is time for Texas to succeed from the union.
What Branch of Gov. is the World Court according to our Constitution? Go Texas.
as said before a “world court” does not exist
We need to put 100% of Nafta on hold, 100% of U.S. visa’s for Mexican’s on hold and 100% of U.S.-Mexican cooperation on hold, until we have a treaty with Mexico whereby Mexico acknowledges that Mexican nationals convicted in any state of the United States will be held accountable to and punishable under the laws of those states, whether or not the punishment conforms or does not conform to what is permitted in Mexico.
In other words, Mexico needs to formally acknowledge that some of our states have the death penalty and that any of its citizens that commit a crime in the U.S. may, may, be subject to that penalty and either Mexico accepts that or we have no basis of accepting any Mexican traveling to the U.S., for any reason.
14 years is a rush to judgment???
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