Skip to comments.Texas violates treaty, executes Mexican citizen [reporting 11,400 more on TX death row]
Posted on 07/11/2011 8:30:08 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Thumbing his nose at President Obama, Texas's Republican Governor Rick Perry allowed the Thursday evening execution of a Mexican national, even though the action violated U.S. treaty obligations under the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations to U.S. states.
The Vienna Convention stipulates, among other things, that citizens of one country arrested in another have the right to consult, "without delay," with their own country's consulate, and to be so informed of that right by the arresting authority. If the arrested person so requests, the police must take the initiative by, for example, faxing pertinent information to the prisoner's consulate.
Yet for years, state governments, especially that of Texas, have simply ignored the Vienna Convention, and neither allowed arrested foreigners to contact their consulates nor informed them of their right to do so. In Texas currently, there are reportedly 11,400 citizens of Mexico awaiting execution in state prisons, who have been denied their rights under the Convention. One of them was Humberto Leal Garcia, the man executed by lethal injection on Thursday night. Leal, who was brought to the United States without papers as a baby, was convicted of assaulting and murdering a 16-year-old girl, Adria Sauceda, in 1994, while he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol. He asserted, through attorneys, that he would not have been convicted, let alone sentenced to death, had he been informed of his rights, and had he been able to coordinate his defense with the Mexican consulate. However, before he was executed he took responsibility for the murder and apologized to the victim's family.
The case during the Bush administration eventually ended up before the U.S. Supreme Court, which, reflecting its right-wing majority, ruled in 2008 in favor of Texas, i.e. that Texas authorities do not have to obey the Vienna Convention because Congress failed to pass legislation ordering them to do so. Likewise evidence obtained in cases in which consular contact was denied cannot be suppressed because of the violation of the Convention. By this logic, only federal prisoners have to be given their rights under Vienna, and they are a small minority of foreigners arrested in the United States each year. Other signatory countries do not assert such claim.
11,400 Mexicans on death row in Texas whose rights an international court say have been denied!!! [the fiction writer of this story padded that number by 11,385]
Texas houses 15 of the more than 50 Mexican national death row inmates listed in an International Court of Justice opinion that determined the United States violated their rights when local law enforcement didnt inform them of the right to call the Mexican consulate. Those on Texas death row included in the 2004 ruling
BTW this was a big LIBERAL crocodile tears performance against Rick Perry and Texas to make brownie points with 2012 Democratic Party voters: "U.S. officials asked the Supreme Court to grant a delay to give Congress time to make the death penalty illegal [since 2008] for foreign nationals who were not given access to diplomatic representation after being arrested for capital crimes. The high court ruled in an unsigned majority opinion against the bid for a delay, arguing that Congress had enough time to pass legislation before the execution. "Our task is to rule on what the law is, not what it might eventually be," the majority wrote." source
On FOX, someone said this guy had been in the US since he was two years old.
woot! go RICK!
Dear People’s World;
Tell Mexico to keep it’s murdering rapists home and Texas won’t have to exterminate them. They tend to give rats a bad name.
That was reported by a local talk show host in Houston as well. He also made a great point--Lawmen are prohibited from asking hispanics their citizenship status. Now the feds are saying Texas *should have* asked about citizenship status.
They're asking the impossible of Texas, and they know it.
“In Texas currently, there are reportedly 11,400 citizens of Mexico awaiting execution in state prisons, who have been denied their rights under the Convention”
In Texas we would call that a GOOD START.:)
What a LIE, How could that be allowed to be printed?
Just another undocumented worker, doing the job Americans wouldn’t do, like rape and murder.
In other words asking the Republican congress to retroactively change the law. And if they did, they would be darned and if they didn't they would be darned. So I don't blame the Republicans for not taking it up, but I do blame the Liberal/Progressives for pushing such nonsense.
For US law is not subservient to foreign law. This is why many countries will not extradite murderers to the United States because they have crocodile tears for murderers.
No the Article is pushing for US law to be subservient to foreign laws in order to push socialism a bit faster.
But I'm happy when they won't extradite and keep them in the foreign jails. Then we don't have to pay for it nor the constant lawsuits these folks foist upon the system.
In this recession, I have no compassion for murderers and know the Progressives/Liberals are just trying to buy illegal votes.
IMHO: If we just deport them they will just come back and murder again. Rather than burden the system with an illegal situation, we should be done with them permanently.
I was going to say, if that's the real number, we need to put in a couple of express lanes and maybe a self-checkout lane.
Why not go for the REALLY BIG LIE:
11,400,000 Mexican nationals on Texas death row.
“The PW is known for its partisan coverage. We take sides - for truth and justice. We are partisan to the working class, racially and nationally oppressed peoples, women, youth, seniors, international solidarity, Marxism and socialism. We enjoy a special relationship with the Communist Party USA, founded in 1919, and publish its news and views.”
And I would take a commie rag serious, WHY?
“Rick Perry allowed the Thursday evening execution of a Mexican national, even though the action violated U.S. treaty obligations under the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations to U.S. states”
What an ignorant statement. The Vienna Convention has nothing to do with executions, it only deals with consular notification. In my experience, notification of the Mexican (and most other) Consulates would have resulted in precisely zero action on the part of Mexico: no attorney, no visit, no nothin’. Besides, this guy wouldn’t have contacted them anyway, as he grew up in the US.
This particular “bloody shirt” is being waved in the wrong direction.
There must be a whole lotta gullible readers at "Peoples World."
Funny how fast one of ‘God’s children just seeking his piece of the American Dream’ turns into a ‘Mexican National’ depending on how the spin goes.
reporting 11,400 more on TX death row]
Really?! let them all ride the lightning..
Obama, as POTUS, has the power to pardon or commute a sentence. His failure to do so must mean that he wanted Leal dead.
Gee whiz...you mean the Supreme Court ruled that the UN cannot dictate to the US the laws under which Americans must live??? Why how AWFUL!!!! EVERYBODY know the UN should be the BOSS, NOT the American people!!!!!!
"If you come to Texas and kill someone, we will kill you back!"
--Ron "Tater Salad" White
How VERY interesting.
Great. But she's still dead. And now... so's he. So there.
he was in this country ILLEGALLY, you give up treaty rights at that point.
You also have the USSC which rejected this nonsense.
From People's World"about us" page:
We are partisan to the working class, racially and nationally oppressed peoples, women, youth, seniors, international solidarity, Marxism and socialism. We enjoy a special relationship with the Communist Party USA, founded in 1919, and publish its news and views.
“Just another undocumented worker, doing the job Americans wouldnt do, like rape and murder.”
Love it...you provided my chuckle for the day! Thanks.
As certain as "death in Texas." -- Kelly Bundy (Married with Children)
Notice how an illegal wants and gets the benefits of US Citizenship from the Libs, but is recognized as a “Mexican National” when his neck is on the block. Disgusting.
I was doing a Google search for “Rick Perry” and there it was.
~~~~~11,400 Mexicans on death row denied rights.~~~~
IIRC, the President signed the treaty, but the Senate never ratified it.
Further, the perp never brought up his alien status during the trial(s). It only became an issue AFTER he was sentenced.
So to hell with the treaty, and the author.
Ain’t that the truth?? That anyone would even print this tripe is waaaay beyond me. As an aside....God bless Texas and it just doesn’t get any better than this. I love seeing drawers in great big wads! :)
Wait till they hear about Judge Roy Bean. (snicker)
That is an awful condition that there are so many on death row. How inhumane. I think Texas ought to be compassionate and remove them all those from awaiting death. I suggest 11, 400 lethal injections or a firing squad. After all, we wouldn't want that many Mexican criminals sitting in prisons on death row, we want them dead so we can send their remains back home to Mexico.
This Piece of feces murdered this girl in 1994 and the Mexicans and the UN have just discovered he didn’t get to call his embassy.
That sounds to me a little like Tough Sh**.
He is dead now ,if you have any others in there who have had their rights violated I suggest the UN and other bleeding hearts start complaining now instead of waiting until the day before they meet their just reward.
I offer the guy a hearty AMF.
You can have him back now.
I do not believe he can do anything about a sentence under state law, just Federal.
I wondered about that myself. Also, if you can’t ask them about their legal status when you arrest them, how are you supposed to know you have to notify the Mexican Consulate about them?
Thumbing his nose at President Obama, Texas’s Republican Governor Rick Perry allowed
Well Obama thumbs his nose at all Americans so one doing it back seems appropriate!
I laughed at that “thumbing his nose” thought too!
The amendment, added by Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, to the education funding bill legislators needed to balance the state budget had originally been included in Senate Bill 9, the so-called "sanctuary cities" bill that failed in the special session. It also had appeared in an omnibus homeland security bill by Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, that died in the regular session.
The new law approved last Tuesday makes some tweaks to a 2008 DPS policy that prevents illegal immigrants from getting a driver's license and created a special license for temporary visitors. The rules require Texans applying for or renewing their license to show they are citizens or are in the country legally.
By putting it into law the state potentially undermines an ongoing lawsuit that argues DPS doesn't have authority to check legal status."....
The joke is on his idiot attorney - who was loudly proclaiming his client's innocence 24 hours before he got fried.
If that is true then there is 11,400 more reasons to SHUT THE DAM BORDERS
Makes me proud to be Texan!
"Here you go Officer Smith...fax this information to the Mexican Consulate. Oh, look...it's midnight."
"Yo Henry, throw the switch!"
I don't think so.
New headline -
Mexico violates treaty, invades Texas
Well, the gun grabbers have always asked us what those high capacity magazines are good for.
There you go.
but it is NOT true. I wish it were. I am sure there are 11,400 illegal mexican criminals here in Texas
Yes close the border now. IF we’d actually built the wall when we said we were going to it would be finished by now
and then we could start allowing in people we know who they are and where they are going