It's Obama vs. Rick Perry in Texas Execution Case

Humberto Leal Garcia, a Mexican immigrant charged with raping and murdering a 16-year-old girl in 1994, is scheduled to be executed in Texas this week. But when he was arrested, authorities failed to tell him that under the Vienna convention, he had a right to speak to the Mexican consolate -- aka a lawyer -- and what he told police in un-counseled custody is the evidence that lead to his death penalty conviction. Now, President Obama wants to override said execution, saying it will harm US diplomatic relations. The Guardian:

The White House has asked the US supreme court to put the execution of Humberto Leal Garcia on hold while Congress passes a law that would prevent the convicted rapist and murderer from being put to death along with dozens of other foreign nationals who were denied proper access to diplomatic representation before trials for capital crimes.

The administration moved after the governor of Texas, Rick Perry,brushed aside appeals from diplomats, top judges, senior military officers, the United Nations and former president George W Bush to stay Leal's execution because it could jeopardise American citizens arrested abroad as well as US diplomatic interests.

The UN's Christof Heyns told the Guardian that if Garcia is executed, it would be an "arbitrary deprivation of life." Read more at the Guardian.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at July 6, 2011, 4:27am

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