Skip to comments.Death Penalty Case Puts Bush and Texas at Odds Over Mexican's Fate
Posted on 10/07/2007 3:48:59 AM PDT by ShadowDancer
Death Penalty Case Puts Bush and Texas at Odds Over Mexican's Fate
Sunday, October 07, 2007
WASHINGTON President Bush, who presided over 152 executions as governor of Texas, wants to halt the state's execution of a Mexican national for the brutal killing of two teenage girls.
The case of Jose Ernesto Medellin has become a confusing test of presidential power that the U.S. Supreme Court, which hears the case this week, ultimately will sort out.
The president wants to enforce a decision by the International Court of Justice that found the convictions of Medellin and 50 other Mexican-born prisoners violated their rights to legal help as outlined in the 1963 Vienna Convention.
That is the same court Bush has since said he plans to ignore if it makes similar decisions affecting state criminal laws.
"The president does not agree with the ICJ's interpretation of the Vienna Convention," the administration said in arguments filed with the court. This time, though, the U.S. agreed to abide by the international court's decision because ignoring it would harm American interests abroad, the government said.
(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...
Jorge, the best el presidente Mexico has ever had.
I can’t believe I voted for this guy. Twice.
Bush is looking more and more like an internationalist — a one worlder
Is it November 2008 yet? Or better yet, January 2009? Because I can’t wait until this guy is gone. What a tremendous disappointment junior has been...
Why is President Bush so far up the Mexicans bum?
He and his buds must be making serious money off the unwashed uneducated amnesty seekers.
as it should be, but out Bush
That’s nothing. I voted for him 4 times. But a choice between Ann and Kerry...
I've had it up to here with Bush. He is a complete idiot with an inexplicable affection for Mexican criminals. He absolutely adores illegal immigrants and now this - a murderer.
And they would be correct. Texas is going to tell Bush, tell the International Elite to pound sand. Unless, Rick Perry caves.
The girls were gang-raped and strangled. Their bodies were found four days later.
Medellin was arrested a few days later. He was told he had a right to remain silent and have a lawyer present, but the police did not tell him that he could request assistance from the Mexican consulate."
OK, we have an illegal alien, who's lived mostly in the States. On the one hand, we are suppored to treat him just like an American Citizen, indeed, according to the DREAM Act, even better by giving him in-state tuition. On the other hand, we are supposed to treat him like a foreign national, have him contact his consulate, so he can lawyer up and not give a written confession.
OK, Open Borders folks, which is it?
And if the great state of Texas went ahead and took care of the punishment phase of this case where the convicted criminal is lethally injected to bring about a state of death in them, who could possibly stop the state (which is really us) from doing so???
This is not a Federal issue...This is a state issue...
That person has had their day(s) in court, a jury of their peers (ehem, pardon the irony) has heard the evidence and convicted them, and they were sentenced per the guidlines per our law...
If our law does not apply to everyone equally, and the fact that this is a person of Mexican heritidge, why should they be afforded clemency or a pass for their crime???
If the law does nopt apply equally because of race, creed, nationality (while your in our country), sexual orientation, religion...
Then in my opinion it is all over...
We are a nation of laws, and that is what binds us all to the same fate if we break them...
The continued watering down of our laws, security and soverienty is going to destroy this country...Slowly and painfully...
Even though I voted for President Bush twice, the fact that he is just a chip off the ole world order crowd is no big surprise...Its just been mainly supressed during the first 3/4 of his administration to keep him in there till now...That has always been the plan, we probably didn’t think it could get this bad...
All of this designed to get us so desensitized to the inevitable solution the “internationalists” want the great United States to become...
Divided, and easier to conquer...
Lo siento, no hablo inglés.
Click here for pictures and details.
** Warning ** The details of the gang rape and murder are disturbing.
I wonder if President Bush could read the details of their demise and then look the girl's parents in the eye and still go to bat for the murderer?
Huh? Where do you get that Medellin is an “illegal” out of the Fox News story. It only says he was born in Mexico and came to the U.S. as a child. That’s a very, very different thing.
Which may be why people have trouble with this. Whether we like it or not, the U.S. signed the Vienna Treaty, and Treaties are equal to the U.S. Constitution under our system of government.
Bush, as a crappy gov. of Texas, may have wanted to uphold TEXAS law, but as even the failed President of the United States, I hope he from time to time remembers his job is to uphold the Constitution of the United States, where treaties trump state laws... even Texas ones.
This is not a nation I want for an ally or that I want anything to do with whatever. Build a wall and a 5-mile wide mine field inside it, and heave every illegal mexican.
He himself informed law officals upon his arrest that he was not a United States citizen.
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