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Supreme Court overrules Bush, OKs Texas execution

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Monique Faulkner
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« on: March 25, 2008, 10:54:55 am »

Supreme Court overrules Bush, OKs Texas execution

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Mexican national Jose Medellin convicted of murder of two Texas girls

International court concluded Medellin was denied access to his consulate

President Bush asked Texas to give Medellin new court hearing

Supreme Court supports Texas' refusal, says Bush can't force new hearing

From Bill Mears
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Texas can execute a Mexican murderer being held on its death row. The case pitted President Bush against his home state in a dispute over federal authority, local sovereignty and foreign treaties.

The case decided by the Supreme Court on Tuesday pitted President Bush against his home state, Texas.

 The man at the center of the case, Jose Ernesto Medellin, faces execution for two slayings.

At issue was whether the state must give in to demands by the president to allow the prisoner new court hearings and sentencing.

Bush made that demand reluctantly, after an international court concluded Medellin was improperly denied access to his consulate before his original prosecution -- a violation of a treaty signed by the United States decades ago.

The Supreme Court justices voted 6 to 3 in favor of the state's position.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the majority that the international court's ruling "is not domestic law," so Bush's authority to demand a new hearing for Medellin is limited.

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Medellin was 18 when he participated in the June 1993 gang **** and murder of two Harris County, Texas, girls -- 14-year-old Jennifer Ertman and 16-year-old Elizabeth Pena. He was later convicted of the crimes and sentenced to death.

Medellin's lawyers argue he was not informed upon his arrest of his right to contact Mexican consular officials. Those officials were never able to meet with him until after his conviction. E-mail to a friend
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