World Court Says US Defied Order in Death Row Case

Associated Press is reporting that the International Court of Justice has ruled that the United States defied it’s order last year, when Texas executed Jose Medellin, a Mexican national.

The U.N.’s highest court said the U.S. is still obliged to review the cases of about 50 other Mexicans on death row because they were denied access to their consulate after they were arrested, as required by an international treaty.

The court in its ruling Monday rejected Mexico’s request that Washington provide guarantees that no further executions will be conducted without a reconsideration of their cases.

The U.S. argued that the Bush administration tried to carry out the court’s demand for a review of all cases, but that it cannot compel individual state courts to comply.

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Anonymous

The World Court? I don’t see it in the Constitution, therefore it is nothing more than an answer to a trivia question. It means nothing here.

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