Life and death of a black and white
August 6, 2008 10:47 AM Subscribe
Texas executes Mexican national who was denied consul visit.Jose Medellin
posted by mrducts (121 comments total)
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, a Mexican national, was born in the border town of Nuevo Laredo, just across the Rio Grande river from Laredo,TX.
Medellín moved to the US when he was 3 years of age, and was 18 years of age in June of 1993 when he participated in the gang rape and murder of Jennifer Ertman, 14 and Elizabeth Pena, 16 in Houston,Texas.
He was subsequently found guilty and sentenced to death.
, the International Court of Justice ruled that the Bush Administration must reconsider the case because Medellin was not informed of his right to contact Mexican consulate officials under the Vienna Convention.
After the ruling, President Bush
asserted authority under the Constitution and the various laws of the United States to order states to review the convictions and sentences of foreign nationals who had not been advised of their Vienna Convention rights.
On March 25, 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court
rejected the arguments of the Bush Administration, and ruled that President Bush can't force Texas to reconsider, even if in violation of the International Court of Justice.[Previously