Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Medellin v Texas

The Supreme Court ruling is here.

Basically, when we signed the Vienna Treaty entitling foriegn nationals to consular meetings upon arrest, the treaty did not create a method for enforcement in our domestic courts, and Congress did not create statutory law doing so.

In the absence of those laws, President Bush can't order a state court to review its rulings in light of the Vienna Treaty.

This isn't getting much play in the media, because the accused are undoubtably guilty of child murder and rape, and because Congress doesn't want to touch the issue of greater guarantees for foriegn nationals within state courts with a ten-foot pole. Perhaps after the election.

I'm interested in the Mexican reaction to this case. We'll see if the bawling starts.

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