Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Texas: Request Denied

The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has rejected a request for either a commutation of sentence or a reprieve for Jose Medellin, who is scheduled to be executed this evening. A statement was issued which read in part:
... After reviewing the clemency application submitted by Jose Ernesto Medellin’s attorneys and all relevant documents, the board members decided by a majority vote not to recommend a commutation of sentence from death to life or a 240-day reprieve.
Medellin was sentenced to death for participation in the gang-rape and murder of two girls, who were but 14- and 16-years old. The verdict was appealed to the International Court of Justice because Medellin should have been provided access to his country’s consular officials. That court agreed that Medellin and others like him on death row in the United States should have new hearings. President Bush has even asked states to "review" such cases. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled, however, that the President and the International Court of Justice cannot force their will on the State of Texas. And Governor Rick Perry and state attorney general Greg Abbott believe the execution should be carried out. See more on this story here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The question comes down to the fundamental question of our Democracy. Whether, and to what extent, the Federal Government may meddle in the business of individual States.

It goes back to James Madison and Patrick Henry's famous debates.

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