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Too funny. The ink probably wasn't even dry on the Supremes' sigs before Texas gives Obama the finger and offs the Mexican guy. I'm sure our resident states-rights guy will be pleased. Or else....he'll find himself on the same side as "GW." A tough choice for him, no doubt. LOL

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Humberto Leal Garcia executed in Texas despite White House appeal

State governor Rick Perry rejects call from Barack Obama to spare Mexican's life in order to protect US interests abroad


Texas has executed a Mexican-born man after the US supreme court and the state's governor, Rick Perry, spurned appeals from Barack Obama to spare the convicted murderer's life in order to protect US interests abroad.

Humberto Leal Garcia was put to death by lethal injection for the rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl despite the appeals of senior diplomats, military officials and prominent politicians who said the execution could jeopardise the lives of Americans.

Shortly before Leal was led in to the death chamber in Huntsville the supreme court rejected by 5-4 an appeal from the White House to block the execution on the grounds it was in breach of an international convention governing the treatment of foreigners who are arrested and would therefore do "irreparable harm" to America's interests. Perry also declined to exercise his power to delay the execution by 30 days. His office argued that Leal was guilty of a heinous crime and deserved to die for it.

The Texas governor is a vigorous advocate of the death penalty. He has overseen the execution of more than 200 men and is on the brink of entering the US presidential race with strong support of conservatives who back capital punishment.

Perry's decision followed a rejection by the Texas board of pardons and paroles of Leal's request for a reprieve or commutation of his sentence.

Leal, a 38-year-old former mechanic, was convicted in 1994 of the rape and killing of Adria Sauceda, whose battered naked body was found hours after the pair left a street party together. Her skull had been smashed in with a piece of asphalt.

After his arrest, the Texas police failed to tell Leal, who was born in Mexico but has lived in the US since the age of two, that under the Vienna convention he was entitled to contact the Mexican consulate.

Leal's lawyers have argued that had a material effect on whether he received the death penalty because he did not have swift access to legal representation which Mexican diplomats would have offered.

"There can be little doubt that if the government of Mexico had been allowed access to Mr Leal in a timely manner, he would not now be facing execution for a capital murder he did not commit," Leal's lawyers said in their appeal to the pardons board.

That position has been backed by an international court of justice ruling which said that Leal and about 50 other Mexicans on death row in the US were not given their full legal rights.

US diplomats, top judges, senior military officers, the United Nations and former president George W Bush also appealed for Leal's execution to be halted on the grounds it could jeopardise American citizens arrested abroad as well as US diplomatic interests.

The White House asked the supreme court to put the execution on hold while Congress passes a law that would prevent Leal from being put to death along with dozens of other foreign nationals who were denied proper access to diplomatic representation before trials for capital crimes.

In a 30-page brief to the court, the administration said that carrying out the execution "would place the United States in irreparable breach of its international law obligation" under the convention.

"That breach would have serious repercussions for United States foreign relations, law-enforcement and other co-operation with Mexico, and the ability of American citizens travelling abroad to have the benefits of consular assistance in the event of detention," it said.

But Stephen Hoffman, an assistant attorney general for Texas, said in a brief to the supreme court: "Leal's argument is nothing but a transparent attempt to evade his impending punishment."

Sauceda's mother, Rachel Terry, told a San Antonio television station that Leal's life should not be spared.

"A technicality doesn't give anyone a right to come to this country and rape, torture and murder anyone," she said.

Critics of any delay to the execution also say that Leal, after living all his adult life in the US, is not the usual type of foreign national confronting an unfamiliar judicial system or language that the Vienna convention is designed to protect.

Leal's lawyer, Sandra Babcock, criticised the supreme court's refusal to block the execution.

"This case was not just about one Mexican national on death row in Texas. The execution of Mr Leal violates the United States' treaty commitments, threatens the nation's foreign policy interests, and undermines the safety of all Americans abroad. That is why the US solicitor general, former diplomats, military leaders, and Americans detained overseas were among those who joined together to call for a stay of execution," she said.

"It is now imperative that Congress promptly act to ensure passage of legislation that will bring the US into compliance with its international legal commitments and provide judicial review to the forty Mexican nationals who remain on death row in violation of their consular rights."



http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jul/08/humberto-leal-garcia-executed-texas
 

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Texas & Buckwheat have been at war for some time now. Glad to see him lose a battle over right or wrong.

Not many states have governor's will balls the size of Perry's.
 

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obama had more connections to this story, that were not reported by the MSM.

"....Babcock’s work has been funded by the government of Mexico. According to Babcock’s biography, “From 2000-2006 she served as director of the Mexican Capital Legal Assistance Program, a program funded by the Mexican Foreign Ministry to assist Mexican nationals facing capital punishment in the United States. For her work, she was awarded the Aguila Azteca, the highest honor bestowed by the government of Mexico upon citizens of foreign countries, in 2003.”


a 2003 conference that featured Bernardine Dohrn, Van Jones, and representatives of the Soros-funded Open Society Institute. “The purpose of the conference was to find ways to insinuate international (read: United Nations) laws and resolutions in American legal arenas, as Sandra Babcock is attempting to do to free her client, Humberto Leal,” Trent reports on her blog.

http://www.rightsidenews.com/2011070714006/us/homeland-security/obama-pal-and-terrorist-dohrn-linked-to-mexican-killer-case.html
 

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Mike said:
Texas & Buckwheat have been at war for some time now. Glad to see him lose a battle over right or wrong.

Not many states have governor's will balls the size of Perry's.

I hope he runs so we can get him out of Texas. He's about kill the teachers around here. It hard for very small school to cut any teachers. The other thing that dose worry me is if he get the job he may start up his superhiway thing again. He really brought out the back woods people when he try to push it, even some of his own family member was fighting him. His aunt worked at the Navasto sale barn and she was the main person in the march to Austin.
 

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Mexican Drug War
A Green Party billboard promoting the restoration of the death penalty[6]

The Mexican Drug War has fueled rising rates of violent crimes such as kidnapping and murder, prompting a reemergence of capital punishment into the political discourse. Mexico's Green Party, the Ecologist Green Party of Mexico, now the fourth biggest political force in the country, is waging a campaign to promote restoration of the death penalty, including the use of billboards,[6] as part of promotion of the party for the 2009 election for seats in Congress. There have been proposals to amend the Constitution of Mexico to allow capital punishment from both the PVEM and the Institutional Revolutionary Party, but both were rejected.[6][7] Although recent surveys have revealed that up to 70% of Mexicans support the restoration of the death penalty,

sure is ironic that it's the green party that is the one stepping up....

If there is one country where the death penalty is needed, it's Mexico,.. maybe Mexico should spend a bit more of it's time and money fixing it's problems...
 

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There is already capital punishment in Mexico, it's called the opposing cartel.


On the original topic:
a. If these individuals are here illegally- why would their consulate care? - they are not tourists.

b. I thought we were trying to create citizens out of these illegal aliens. So we are good with giving away health care, education, and social security money but not holding them accountable as a full citizen. I have such a hard time following the crowd these days. Just when I get headed North, they turn and head South.
 

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