Skip to comments.Bush, Texas at Odds Over Death Case
Posted on 10/07/2007 4:40:52 PM PDT by Sue Bob
WASHINGTON To put it bluntly, Texas wants President Bush to get out of the way of the state's plan to execute a Mexican for the brutal killing of two teenage girls.
Bush, who presided over 152 executions as governor of Texas, wants to halt the execution of Jose Ernesto Medellin in what has become a confusing test of presidential power that the Supreme Court ultimately will sort out.
This undated photo released by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows death row inmate Jose Ernesto Medellin. Texas wants President Bush to get out of the way of the state's plan to execute a Mexican for the brutal killing of two teenage girls. Bush, who presided over 152 executions as governor of Texas, wants to halt the execution of Medellin in what has become a confusing test of presidential power that the Supreme Court, which hears the case this week, ultimately will sort out. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice)
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.
(Excerpt) Read more at statesman.com ...
If this were some scumbag from ANYplace other than Mexico, President Jorge wouldn’t care one way or the other about it.
Texas should speed up the process, assign an execution date for this SOB, and send him on in to meet Mr. Needle, then Governor Rick Perry can say “whooops, sorry folks, you just now missed Mr. Medellin, he’s not here right now...”
I agree. WTH is W thinking?
I’d like to see the Texas Rangers stand up to any federal goon they might send down here to save this sorry rapist-murderer’s behind. In fact, let’s close the Texas borders to the feds (and maybe the Californians)
I sooooo ready to see W hit the road. Obviously my next worry is his successor.
For the life of me, I don't understand how someone can be LESS guilty because he wasn't informed of his right to the Mexican Consulate?
I share your opinion.
As if murder is one of those jobs Americans don’t do enough of for themselves ...
Why should an illegal mexican get a murder reprieve when Americans wouldn’t?
great one Paleo! his fondest wish. down with America, right jorge? let ‘em all in, what the hell.
He’s already got my worst Republican president in my lifetime down and he’s now working on my worst ever president in my lifetime, right next to Jimmy Carter.
Had lunch today with members of my ultra-conservative family. We all agreed that W has lost his freaking mind over the past few months!
can’t believe I voted for him....twice.
but what else was I gonna do?
Gore. Kerry. Blech!
Why isn’t Bush helping Ramos and Compean in light of the prosecutor’s piling on of charges, misusing the gun charge, in order to maximize the number of years they are imprisoned for shooting a drug mule in the butt?
Someone down in Mexico City has the goods on Bush...
Is he thinking as the President of the USA or the wannabe president of the wannahave North American Union?
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