posted on Mar, 9 2005 @ 05:57 AM
WASHINGTON — The Bush administration is asking Texas to conduct new hearings for 51 Mexicans on death row who say they were denied legal help from
their consulates in violation of international law.
The International Court of Justice in The Hague last year ruled that the convictions violated the 1963 Vienna Convention by not providing the Mexicans
with consular access. In 1969, the Senate ratified the treaty, which requires such access for Americans detained abroad and foreigners arrested in the
The Supreme Court filing is an attempt by the administration to quell international criticism and comes a month before justices were to hear arguments
in the case of Texas death row inmate Jose Medellin, who is challenging his conviction and sentence as a due process violation.
Medellin is backed in his appeal by dozens of countries, legal groups and human rights organizations, as well as former American diplomats and the
The filing by Acting Solicitor General Paul Clement argues that it is President Bush's decision, not the court's, to determine whether the United
States should comply with international law. Nevertheless, the administration has chosen to do so in this case, states the Feb. 28 filing, which was
circulated Monday by the court.
"Compliance serves to protect the interest of United States citizens abroad, promotes the effective conduct of foreign relations and underscores the
United States' commitment in the international community in the rule of law," Clement wrote.
The filing states that Medellin and other Mexican nationals can now seek a fresh review in state court, which will then reconsider their claims in a
way that "the president has determined is an appropriate means to fulfill this nation's treaty obligations."
The treaty mentioned here does not deal with "illegal" entry into the nations in question. The treaty only deals with 'legal" travel abroad.
These animals on death row in Texas are ALL illegals and were convicted based on evidence. This is more "technical" liberal BS............and a
waste of tax dollars.