Skip to comments.Texas Executes Mexican Despite Objections
Posted on 08/05/2008 10:04:20 PM PDT by americanophile
HOUSTON In a case that has drawn international attention, Texas executed José E. Medellín on Tuesday night in defiance of an international court ruling and despite pleas from the Bush administration for a new hearing. The execution came just before 10 p.m. Central time, shortly after the United States Supreme Court denied a last request for a reprieve. Protesters for and against the death penalty clamored in the rain outside the Huntsville Unit, about 70 miles north of Houston, where Mr. Medellín was executed by lethal injection. Im sorry my actions caused you pain, he said to the witnesses present. I hope this brings you the closure that you seek. Never harbor hate. Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican, rejected calls from Mexico and Washington to delay the execution, citing the torture, rape and strangulation of two teenage girls in Houston 15 years ago as just cause for the death penalty. Mr. Medellín and five other teenage boys in his street gang took part in the rape and murder of the girls, Elizabeth Pena, 16, and Jennifer Ertman, 14. The gang raped the girls for an hour, then strangled them. Their corpses were found two days later.
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Yep, gotta love Texas. Hehehehe.
The feds have done their part in urging restraint and Texas has done its part in carrying out a just sentence, regardless of pressure from international meddlers. When you go to a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that foreign jurisdiction. American kids get caned. American drug smugglers get executed. American spies get imprisoned. When foreigners come here, we have a duty to carry out our laws as our citizens—i.e., the victims—have a right to rely on American laws to avenge them and protect their survivors. Justice has been delayed long enough. Now it is between God and Medellin.
Great news that a governor can, in affect, tell Washington and the internationalists to SHOVE OFF! That needs to become a long expanding trend.
I will be happy to see both go. Both illegal aliens, and an Administration of 7.5 years of abject appeasement of Mejico and open borders by Bush. Good riddance is right. Long Live the Great People and State of TEXAS.
Makes me proud to be a (transplanted) Texan.
The "World Kangaroo Court" needs to mind its own business. We American adults have this stuff handled.
To me it’s obvious that if things go bad, really bad, TEXAS is where the stand will be made...
Glad to see Texas assert its sovereignity.
Actually this shows he was treated the same as the Americans who were convicted of this crime. One has already been executed before him (2006) and another is on death row. 2 more were 17 at the time and have life sentences. And one more has a 40 year sentence.
The one who was executed tonight was proud of his “macho” actions and boasted of them to police when he was apprehended 3 days afterwards.
This is not a case of mistaken identity. If we were to free him then we should also free the Manson family.
Gang bangers need to learn that they are not invincible and despite what movies and hip hop tell them, being a thug and a playa won’t get them very far. Rape and murder for sheer pleasure are wrong.
Where were the womens rights groups in this controversy?
In San Francisco and other communities (and even in Houston) the police will cut you loose sometimes if you aren’t a citizen.
The headline just makes me smile.
There are in fact some things that just end as they should, no matter who kicks and screams and behaves like an embicile. Sometimes, things just end in the way that nature would have it.
There isn't a hot enough place for such animals as the late Senor Medellin.
But hey, borders/schmorders, hey these are "good people" (Bush) and all "God's children" (McCain).
Maybe there’s hope after all.
Republicans in a fighting mood and now this.
I’m feeling optimistic.
Governor GoodHair did a good thing, finally.
You will not find a bigger critic of the liberals Jorge Bush and Juan McCain.
Bush is the man reason I left the Republican Party after 32 years. McCain is just a liberal turd.
They will kowtow to Mexico City, that’s all I know.... I would imagine an envoy from the White House is on his way to Mexico right now, all quiet and hushed like, with an apology and explanation from Bush to his Mexican overlords, and that it will never happen again.
Know that while Medellin's execution does not bring back the girls, it goes a long way in protecting someone else's daughter and there is honor in that.
You said it very well. I am sure those sweet little girls are going some place lovely and comforting, but I am pretty sure—though it is not up to me to decide—about somebody else going to be Hitler’s dinner guest with the room temperature set on 700 degrees and the worst food imagineable and some pretty horrid dinner guests.
San Francisco is facing some backlash on that policy right now with the loose illegal who gunned down three family members as they were riding in a car. Liberals are finally finding out they can’t feed, house and protect predators without getting attacked themselves.
Not that express... it still took 15 years.
My favorite! With salt and lime. :-)
Don’t mess with Texas, the Int’l bull crap won’t save your ass.
I OBJECT!!!...that he wasnt executed on pay per view for the families.
Heh. I like his other line: “In Texas, if you kill someone, we kill you back!” Makes me proud to be a native Texan.
I remember when this first happened. I can’t believe it took this long for justice to be rendered.
Texas Executes Mexican
Despite Objections in Accordance with State Law
There, that's better.
And Bush tried to stop it. This is the kind of crap that makes me disgusted with him.
I’m loving Texas this evening. Good job, Cowboys.
I love Texas. Boo hoo, the poor guy didn’t get to talk to the Mexican Consular representative. That has nothing to do with his guilt!
And what happened to his five accomplices?
And people wonder why I am so proud to be a natural born Texan.
I can’t say this loud enough: AMEN!!!
They did it "despite objections"?
I really wish the scumbag NY Times would hurry up and die.
Too bad, sooooo sad.
You watch. Either Dubya or Congres will introduce a bill which takes away a state’s highway funds if they don’t abide by the US treaties etc. regarding treatment of foreign nationals.
But for now, states’ rights have been honored, thanks to Texas.
Seriously, shouldn’t the title be, “Texas Executes MURDERER Despite Objections”? Before conviction, they’re alleged; after, they’re thieves, rapists — murderers.
Stylebook change, again?
I'm back in Kansas now :(
15 years is too long. Should have been 15 days.
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