Archive for October 7th, 2007

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Kill The Mexican?

It appears to be the ultimate battle royale. Jose Ernesto Medellin was born in Mexico but spent much of his childhood in the United States. He was 18 in June 1993, when he and other members of the Black and Whites gang in Houston encountered two teenage girls on a railroad trestle. The State of Texas wants to execute him for the gang rape and strangulation he was convicted of and for which he was sentenced to by a judge in October, 1994. Although he was informed of his rights to remain silent and have a lawyer, he was not told that he could have a representative of the MExican Consulate provide assistance. Medellin made a written confession. After the trial, he appealed to the International Court of Justice. The ICJ found that the conviction of Medellin and 50 other Mexican-born prisoners violated their rights to legal help as outlined in the 1963 Vienna Convention.

President Bush want Texas to abide by the ICJ ruling. This is the same President Bush that was governor of Texas while 152 executions took place. The same Bush who said that he’s going to ignore the ICJ if it makes similar decisioins affecting state criminal laws. Supposedly he is willing to play along with this particular decision because “ignoring it would harm American interests abroad”. Texas has told Bush and the ICJ to go pound sand. And now… wait for it… the Supreme Court is going to hear the case. But not Medellin’s case. Next week, in what has become a confusing test of presidential power, the Supreme Court, ultimately will sort out. All played against the backdrop of the election, xenophobia, race-baiting, and get tough on crime posturing.

Here’s my take on it all. If Medellin is a US citizen, then the ICJ has no standing and the only thing that the President should be able to do is offer a pardon/commutation, should he so desire. Otherwise, let Texas stick a needle in this guy’s arm and get it over with. If he is an illegal alien (not a politacally correct illegal immigrant), then his ass should be shipped back to Mexico. This is a big change for me. I have always believed that a person is subject to the laws of the land that he or she is in. That the laws of one country should ne be subordinated to the laws of some extra-judicial enterprise. Maybe by treaty, but sheesh. A person should not get special consideration just for not being a citizen of the country that they committed a violent crime in. But wait, there’s more. Once he’s back in Mexico, his body should be strapped with tamper-proof explosives that will violently implode and destroy Medellin should he ever get within 100 yards of the US border. And a YouTube video of the pond scum’s destruction should be immediately broadcast to the parents of the girls and the rest of the world should Medellin be stupid enough to test the system.

And before anyone slaps the racist tag on me… This has nothing to do with Medellin being Mexican. It has everything to do with the fact that he is a convicted, violent criminal that extinguished the lives of two girls during a gang rape.

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