The Houston Chronicle

THE HAGUE, Netherlands ? The U.N.’s highest court ordered U.S. authorities today to do everything possible to halt the executions of five Mexicans in Texas until their cases are reviewed.

The Bush administration has unsuccessfully tried to get Texas courts to review the cases and said it expected the World Court’s order to have little impact.

The World Court told U.S. authorities in 2004 to review the cases of 51 Mexicans sentenced to death by state courts after finding they had been denied the right to seek help from consular officials.

The World Court has no enforcement powers but President Bush issued a directive to the Texas courts to abide by the 2004 ruling. The state courts refused to review the cases and the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in March that the president cannot compel the state courts to comply.

Mexico turned again to the U.N. court in The Hague last month, arguing that the United States was defying the 2004 World Court order and asking the judges to issue an emergency injunction to stop the killings of five men whose executions were imminent.

Chief State Department advocate John B. Bellinger III argued that the World Court, the U.N.’s judicial arm for resolving disputes among nations, lacked jurisdiction because the Bush administration agreed with Mexico and there was no dispute.

“It almost never happens that the federal government enters an appearance in state court proceedings,” he said, calling the Bush administration’s intervention “highly unusual.”

Mexico’s chief advocate, Juan Manuel Gomez-Robledo, told the court the U.S. was nonetheless “in breach of its international obligations.” He said international law applies not only to nations, but to their component states and asked the court to clarify its earlier ruling and in the meantime intercede with the U.S. authorities to halt the schedule of executions.

The U.N. judges ruled 7-5 today that it would consider Mexico’s case and also try to stop the executions.

The World Court acknowledged that the U.S. federal government “has been taking many diverse and insistent measures” to persuade Texas not to carry out the execution of any of the 51 Mexicans covered by the original 2004 ruling.

4 Responses to “World Court Orders U.S. to Halt Executions of 5 Mexicans in Texas”
  1. 1Madmomma says:

    Here we are again. Mexico interfering in our judicial process (Government ). If they want them not to be executed badly enough, then I would think we’d have leverage on them with this one. Mexico’s Government can reimburse us for the cost of their incarceration from the beginning of their arrest through when this is finalized. If they want them kept alive, they will pay. I’d bet you they don’t want them kept alive enough to fork over the money to do so. Bush needs to move his happy ass to Mexico. They appear to be butt buddies.

  2. Jimmy says:

    ” If they want them kept alive, they will pay. I?d bet you they don?t want them kept alive enough to fork over the money to do so.”

    mejico/mexico PAY?????????

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME?????????????????????????????????????????????????

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHA

    NO WAY IN HELL, THEY WOULD EVER PAY……….

    TOO ‘PROUD’………………

    Seriously, I know what you mean, of course.
    It’s just the idea of them actually paying to keep these creatures alive, I find
    beyond humorous.

    I’m still laughing and choking…………

    Thanks for the laugh, I needed that………….

  3. stoney says:

    The world court has already been told to butt out from the last execution.
    They have NO jurisdiction in the individual states. The federal government has no power to interfere in the state and cannot legally sign a treaty giving away a power they do not have.

  4. Matthew says:

    Fry them. Inject them. Put them in front of a firing squad. Hang them. Stone them to death. Do what ever it takes to make an example out of them so that mexico keeps their murderers home in mexico. If they want to play in America they must also pay. If they so want to be or act like a citizen, then they must die like a citizen.

    VIVA LA MIGRA AND LA NOOSE!!!!

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