Friday, September 23, 2011

Obama Asks for Stay of Execution for Murderer/Rapist in Texas

President Obama is asking the Supreme Court to stay tomorrow's planned execution of a Mexican citizen in Texas, arguing it could do "irreparable harm" to U.S. interests abroad.
In 1994, Humberto Leal Garcia Jr. was convicted of rape and murder and sentenced to death. Few are contesting his guilt, but unless you have an international law background or a criminal justice degree you might not know that an omission in the handling of his case may make things tough for American citizens arrested abroad: Leal wasn't told that he could contact the Mexican Consulate.

The Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, a treaty that includes 170 countries, says a foreigner who is arrested must be allowed access to her home country's consulate. The International Court of Justice ruled in 2004 that U.S. states' sentencing of 54 Mexican citizens to death without allowing them to contact the Mexican Consulate was a violation of the treaty. Then-president George W. Bush ordered Texas to review its policies, but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that neither Texas nor any U.S. state could be held to an international treaty unless Congress passed a law binding them to it.



Renelda Moorehead said...

One question: Why didn't your President ask for a stay of execution for our Black brother,Troy Davis? One answer: It
wasn't politically expedient.

Anonymous said...

shame on you obama

Anonymous said...

How do you know Obama didn't ask? I can't stand people who try to make Obama look as though he doesn't care about black people when he is constantly disrespected and mistreated because he is black. Have you ever been to Mexico? I have and they don't give a damn about killing, raping, robbing or jailing us and that's just the police! Obama is trying, but it's never enough for some people apparently. THAT is the complaining he was speaking about!