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By Allan Turner and Rosanna Ruiz
The Houston Chronicle

Texas will go ahead with the scheduled Aug. 5 execution of Houston rapist-killer Jose Medellin despite Wednesday's United Nations world court order for a stay, a spokesman for Gov. Rick Perry said.
The U.N.'s International Court of Justice's call for stays in the cases of Medellin and four other Mexican nationals awaiting execution in Texas came in response to a petition filed last month by the Mexican government.
The petition sought to halt executions to allow for review of the killers' cases to determine whether denying them access to the Mexican Consulate after arrest impaired their trial defenses.
The Vienna Convention on Consular Relations stipulates that, upon request, an alien offender's national consulate must be notified of his arrest.
In its order, the world court quotes the Mexican government's argument that "Texas has made clear that unless restrained, it will go forward with the execution without providing Mr. Medellin the mandated review and reconsideration," which will "irreparably" breach the U.S. government's obligations to the court's 2004 order.
The Mexican government reasons that "the paramount interest in human life is at stake," according to the court's order. If Medellin and the other nationals are executed without additional court reviews, "Mexico would forever be deprived of the opportunity to vindicate its rights and those of the nationals concerned."
Perry's office dismissed the argument.
"The world court has no standing in Texas and Texas is not bound by a ruling or edict from a foreign court," Perry spokesman Robert Black said. "It is easy to get caught up in discussions of international law and justice and treaties. It's very important to remember that these individuals are on death row for killing our citizens."
But international law expert Sarah Cleveland, a professor of human and constitutional rights at New York City's Columbia Law School, said if the U.S. fails to act on the world court order, other countries may follow suit.
"This can only come back to hurt U.S. citizens when they are detained abroad," she wrote in an e-mail. " ... When a global leader like the U.S. refuses to comply with its clear international legal obligations (and everyone agrees that this is a clear legal obligation), it undermines the willingness of other states to comply with their own obligations and it inspires them not to trust us to obey ours."
Deadly gang initiation
Medellin, 33, was condemned for the 1993 killings of Jennifer Ertman, 14, and Elizabeth Peña, 16, who stumbled into a drunken midnight gang initiation rite at T.C. Jester Park in northwest Houston.
One of Medellin's accomplices, Derrick O'Brien, was executed in July 2006. Also sentenced to die is gang leader Peter Anthony Cantu. Three other accomplices are serving prison sentences. Medellin was the only non-American involved in the murders.
Wednesday's U.N. court decision in The Hague, Netherlands, was the latest development in an ongoing legal wrangle that has involved President Bush, the U.S. Supreme Court and the Mexican government.
In 2004, the U.N. court ordered a review of the cases of 51 Mexican nationals facing execution in the United States because they had not been allowed to speak with their nation's consular officials.
In February 2005, Bush directed state courts to abide by the U.N. court decision, specifically asking Texas to review Medellin's case.
In March, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Bush had overstepped his authority. Chief Justice John Roberts said the president cannot order such court reviews without congressional concurrence.
On Monday, U.S. Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., filed a bill providing for such reviews. As of Wednesday, it was in committee.
Weeks after the Supreme Court's ruling, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey jointly wrote Perry asking for his help in obtaining the reviews.
The United States, they wrote, continues to be bound by the world court's decision under international law.
Girls' fathers adamant
Meanwhile, Randy Ertman, father of Jennifer Ertman, hotly denounced the world court's order for stays.
"The world court don't mean diddly," he said. "This business belongs in the state of Texas. The people of the state of Texas support the execution. We thank them. The rest of them can go to hell."
Adolfo Peña, father of Elizabeth Peña, agreed.
"I believe we've been through all the red tape we can go through," he said. "It's time to rock and roll."

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World Court orders U.S. to stop executions of 5 Mexicans

World Court orders U.S. to stop executions of 5 Mexicans

usatoday.com - The U.N.'s highest court on Wednesday ordered U.S. authorities to do everything in their power to halt the executions of five Mexicans on death row in Texas until their cases are reviewed.

Oh but when a terrorist regime like Iran, or Syria etc. Threatens to execute or does, they say nothing. UN is a joke.
 
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Re: World Court orders U.S. to stop executions of 5 Mexicans

Allow me to say it again.

United Nations;



What are they going to do if Texas executes these scumbags? Send some Gambian Army soldiers in powder blue berets to stop it?
 

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Re: World Court orders U.S. to stop executions of 5 Mexicans

Allow me to say it again.

United Nations;



What are they going to do if Texas executes these scumbags? Send some Gambian Army soldiers in powder blue berets to stop it?
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Mexican citizen asks high court to block execution

Associated Press - August 1, 2008 11:33 AM ET

WASHINGTON (AP) - Four months after losing his case at the Supreme Court, a Mexican citizen facing execution next week in Texas is asking the justices for a last-minute reprieve.
Jose Medellin, set to die Tuesday for his participation in the gang rape and beating deaths of 2 Houston girls, says in legal filings Friday that the high court should block his execution until Texas grants him a new hearing to comply with an international court ruling.
The state has so far refused, and the court ruled in March that neither President Bush nor the international court can force Texas' hand. But Medellin says Congress or the Texas legislature should be given a chance to pass a law ordering a new hearing before he can be executed.

http://www.wwlp.com/Global/story.asp?S=8773332
 

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Texas executes Mexican-born killer

HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- Texas has executed Mexican-born condemned prisoner Jose Medellin for the rape and murder of two teenage girls 15 years ago.
The state carried out the execution late Tuesday night after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his request for a reprieve in a split vote.
The 33-year-old Medellin had claimed he was denied treaty-guaranteed help from the Mexican consulate when he was arrested.
Texas authorities say he never invoked his consular rights until four years after he was arrested. By then, he had been convicted and condemned for participating in the attack on 16-year-old Elizabeth Pena and 14-year-old Jennifer Ertman.

http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/national/BO84226/
 

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Dito all of the above.
Hey U.N.

But international law expert Sarah Cleveland, a professor of human and constitutional rights at New York City's Columbia Law School, said if the U.S. fails to act on the world court order, other countries may follow suit.


God where do these people come from. We're talking about the brutal rape and murder of 2 children you empty-headed, liberal lamb!
This is the law of the land in Texas. You kill, you die. It's a very elementary concept madam.
Is there anything more warped than the liberal mindset.
 
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