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Bush attempts to use International Court against Texas.

President Bush has issued a memo to his attorney general declaring that state courts must enforce a ruling by the International Court of Justice in The Hague on behalf of Jose Ernesto Medellin and 50 other Mexican nationals on death row in the United States. Medellin was convicted of murder in the course of a sexual assault on two teenaged girls, a capital offense in Texas, and sentenced to death in October 1994.

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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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