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Mexican Citizen Executed in US: Watch Maddow and Bob Herbert Talk Death Penalty


After the Supreme Court refused to grant a stay of execution last night (with Justices Breyer, Kagan, Sotomayor and Ginsburg dissenting), Mexican citizen and convicted murder Humberto Leal Garcia, Jr., was executed by the State of Texas under Governor Rick Perry.

The legal issues at hand were whether Leal and other Mexican inmates had had their rights violated under international law and deserved another hearing.

Read the New York Times article here, and watch below for Rachel Maddow and Bob Herbert's take on this particular case and the underlying politics of capital punishment in America.

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AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at July 8, 2011, 3:57am

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