|Death Penalty Case Puts Bush and Texas at Odds Over Mexican's Fate|
ClickonDetroit ^ | October 7, 2007 | AP
Posted on 10/07/2007 3:48:59 AM PDT by ShadowDancer
Death Penalty Case Puts Bush and Texas at Odds Over Mexican's Fate
Sunday, October 07, 2007
WASHINGTON — President Bush, who presided over 152 executions as governor of Texas, wants to halt the state's execution of a Mexican national for the brutal killing of two teenage girls.
The case of Jose Ernesto Medellin has become a confusing test of presidential power that the U.S. Supreme Court, which hears the case this week, ultimately will sort out.
The president wants to enforce a decision by the International Court of Justice that found the convictions of Medellin and 50 other Mexican-born prisoners violated their rights to legal help as outlined in the 1963 Vienna Convention.
That is the same court Bush has since said he plans to ignore if it makes similar decisions affecting state criminal laws.
"The president does not agree with the ICJ's interpretation of the Vienna Convention," the administration said in arguments filed with the court. This time, though, the U.S. agreed to abide by the international court's decision because ignoring it would harm American interests abroad, the government said.
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