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Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Bush and Foreigners on Death Row

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It appears that the Bush administration is appealing on behalf of foreigners to the Supreme Court for crimes committed in the United States.
The Supreme Court filing is an attempt by the administration to quell international criticism and comes a month before justices were to hear arguments in the case of Texas death row inmate Jose Medellin, who is challenging his conviction and sentence as a due process violation.

Apparently the appeal is backed by many countries throughout the Euorpean Union as well as American diplomats. As far as I am concerned, Jose Medellin should be put to death (along with four other gang members) for raping and killing Jennifer Ertman, and Elizabeth Pena who were 14 and 16 respectively.

Unfortunately since our legal system is becoming more "internationalized," it seems that we must adhere to their standards.
The International Court of Justice in The Hague last year ruled that the convictions violated the 1963 Vienna Convention by not providing the Mexicans with consular access. In 1969, the Senate ratified the treaty, which requires such access for Americans detained abroad and foreigners arrested in the United States.

Although the purpose of these laws is to protect citizens in other nations from facing court actions that they may not be familiar with (so they won't be executed for "conversion crimes" like in Iran) rape and murder should be the exception in this case. When in Rome you do as the Romans as the saying goes, and if you don't want to do time in another country, it would serve your best interest to obey their laws. Selah.

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