First of all, I really don't think access to the Mexican consulate will change this man's final outcome which he deserved. I bet in mexico he'd be shot just as well. But the fact is that we gone ahead w/o giving his the due process. This is damaging to our legal system in the long run. We cannot bypass the law as we see fit, even if we say the outcome will be the same, it's still the law and must be respected. Especially we are talking about foreign national here. People from US will have to go to other countries, if we cannot follow the international accords we signed, how can we expect other to honor their words. This man does not deserve my pity or sympathy, but the law and international accords needs to be respected and followed.
Last edited by jding; 07-08-11 at 10:35 AM.
What seems apparent in these cases is that there are those who are eager to find fault with the American justice system, the American people, and even Texans, and will make any sort of dubious arguments to support their biases. These same people might start looking at Mexican justice if they want a real eye-opener, but chances are they know nothing about it.
now let's see when you insist he benefited from mexican counsel:
gotta time machine or whatEventually, between 2010 and 2011, Leal was visited by a representative of the Mexican government more than 10 times, said Judy Garces, press relations spokeswoman with the Mexican Consulate in San Antonio
how did mexican counsel in 2010 assist him in his trial in the mid 90's?
1) The text of treaty never confers rights to individuals.
2) Enforcement is not discussed anywhere in the treaty. But... at the time we had ratified (now rescinded) the Optional Protocol concerning the Compulsory Settlement of Disputes requiring us to settle matters in the ICJ. Enforcement of ICJ decisions: Article 94 of the UN Charter:
"any party to a case fails to perform the obligations incumbent upon it under a judgment rendered by the Court, the other party may have recourse to the Security Council, which may, if it deems necessary, make recommendations or decide upon measures to be taken to give effect to the judgment."
Charter of the United Nations: Chapter XIV: The International Court of Justice