Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Mexico is upset with America, and it has to do with an execution

Today, the Supreme Court ruled that President Bush should not have ordered a Texas court to hold a new hearing for a Mexican national who’s on Texas death row for rape and murder. Jose Ernesto Medellin contends that he was prevented from police from talking with Mexican diplomats, something ordered by international treaties.

According to one ruling by an international court in 2004, the U.S. was found to have fiolated the 1963 Vienna Convention. This convention states that people arrested in a foreign country must have access to their native country’s consular officials. Furthermore, the Internatinoal Court of Justice ruled that Mexican prisoners are entitled to have new court hearings to see whether or not their rights have been violated.

The Supreme Court disagreed in a 6-3 ruling. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in his majority opinion that states should not be compelled to comply with international court decisions. He added that a president cannot “…establish binding rules of decision that pre-empt contrary state law.”

I don’t know much about the Medellin case, but the moral of this story is that if you’re a citizen in a foreign country, be on your best behavior. Among some it’s likely the sympathy for Medellin is minimal when you consider the American murders Mexico has refused to extradite: Mexico, unlike many U.S. states, does not have the death penalty.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

free naked [url=http://imgfave.com/nude_celebrity] naked pics[/url] Nakedbabes