Today in a 6-3 decision, the United States supreme court decided that the Bush administration overstepped its authority and ruled that the state of Texas does not have to reopen a case in which the convicted killer of two young girls was sentenced to death.
The case gained fame because the convicted killer, Jose Ernesto Medellin is a Mexican national who had been in the United States illegally. But, because Medellin was a Mexican national, according to the International Court of Justice, Medellin should have been able to contact the Mexican consulate and consulted with Mexican diplomats. Oh, yes Mexico is one of those countries that has such a high matter of conscience that they oppose the death penalty.
For the record, this animal killed two young girls, Jennifer Ertman, 14 and her friend Elizabeth Pena, 16, in such a sick, depraved, brutal way that I will not write it here in this blog.
But, Medellin has been very much fighting his execution and used his home country, Mexico, to do it.
The Mexican government filed suit in The Hague, The Netherlands, at the World Court that the United States violated a 1964 Vienna Convention pact that when a foreign national is arrested in another nation that the have the right to contact their nearest consulate and or embassy to huddle with diplomats. Of course Mexico won and the case and the Bush administration acquiesced and ordered Texas to reopen the case of Medellin.
Of course Texas said no way.
And the supreme court said that Texas did not violate the "rights" of Medellin and that they did not reopen the case. Now Texas awaits when the supreme court will rule on if lethal injection is "cruel and unusual" punishment. What this animal did to the two girls was beyond cruel and unusual.
This was a near assault on the United States constitution by the Bush administration and six courageous supreme court justices, led by chief justice, John Roberts, said not this time.
If you do not think this upcoming presidential election is important, look at this decision in November and vote accordingly.