More on Medellin

July 17, 2008 at 11:22 am | Posted in General Interest, Law in the News | Leave a comment
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From WSJ Legal Blog and SCOTUSBlog:

Five Mexican nationals were denied their rights under the Vienna Convention to be told, after their arrest and during their prosecution for murders in Texas, that they had a right to consult with a diplomat from their own country.  The U.S. government has admitted that their rights under the treaty were violated, but it has been unable up to now to stop their executions. On March 25, in the case of one of these five (Medellin v. Texas, 06-984), the Supreme Court ruled by a 6-3 vote that a 2004 ruling by the World Court in favor of 51 Mexican nationals could not be enforced against Texas, either by direct action by President Bush or by the authority of the World Court itself.  That ruling led Mexico, on June 5, to return to the World Court to ask for further legal help to assure the Mexicans their treaty rights.  The International Court of Justice ruled to stop the execution of the 5 Mexican nationals.  You can read the text of the International Court of Justice  decision here or the press release.

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