Humberto Leal Garcia and U.S. Federalism

Humberto Leal Garcia, Jr. was executed by lethal injection by the Texas government on July 7, 2011. Garcia was an illegal alien from Mexico who abducted, raped, sadistically tortured, and murdered a 16-year-old girl on May 21, 1994 in San Antonio, Texas. If President Obama had gotten his way, the United States Supreme Court would have stayed the execution.  Mr. Obama pleaded with the Court in the hope that Congress would pass a law to permanently block the execution. Specifically, Mr. Obama wanted (and wants) Congress to pass a law agreeing with a 1994 ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ).  The international tribunal interpreted the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations of 1963 to mean that foreigners in receiving countries must be informed of the right to have consular consultation when charged with a crime. Not informing the accused of his international rights can mean that the guilty goes free. Mr. Obama believes that Garcia's execution placed "the United...(Read Full Article)

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