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Mexicans on Death Row.


Mexicans on Death Row.

Ampudia, Ricardo.

Arte Publico Press


290 pages




Ampudia, former Consul General of Mexico in Houston, Texas, became an opponent of capital punishment during the course of his involvement in the case of Ricardo Aldape Guerra, a Mexican national who spent 15 years on death row in the US before his wrongful conviction was overturned. Writing in plain language, Ampudia demonstrates that executions are at times due more to causes such as racism and xenophobia than to solid evidence. After a history of the death penalty and an overview of the death penalty debate, the author explains legal and practical aspects of the death penalty in the US, using specific cases to make readers aware of the problems inherent in the US legal system, especially the risk of executing the innocent. He describes the work done by the Mexican government to protect its citizens abroad and analyzes two cases in-depth. The book includes appendixes on the death penalty worldwide, anti-death penalty organizations in the US, international legislation opposing the death penalty, and minors executed under the death penalty. The book was first published in Spanish as Mexicanos al Grito de Muerte. There is no subject index.

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Date:Jun 1, 2011
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