Bush attempts to use International Court against Texas.
Medellin had given authorities a written confession, but in 2003, Mexico sued the United States in the International Court of Justice on behalf of Medellin and other Mexicans who had been denied access to their country's diplomats following their arrests.
The sequence of events that followed was: Medellin's case was rejected by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; the Supreme Court agreed to hear his appeal; President Bush issued his memo to the attorney general declaring that state courts must enforce the international court's ruling; the Supreme Court then dismissed Medellin's case while state courts reviewed the president's order; and Texas courts ruled against Medellin once again, ruling that Bush had no authority to meddle into the affairs of the state courts.
Finally, the Supreme Court has once again agreed to hear the case--Medellin v. Texas, 06-984.
AP reported that Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz has protested that the Bush administration's position would "allow the president to set aside any state law the president believes is inconvenient to international comity."
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|Title Annotation:||Inside Track|
|Publication:||The New American|
|Date:||Oct 29, 2007|
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