Supreme Court Grants Cert in Texas Death Case

Jose Medellin has been on Texas death row since he was 19. He is a Mexican National. A history of his case is here. TalkLeft background is here.

The U.S. Supreme Court today granted cert to hear his case.

The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday it would decide whether President George W. Bush had the authority to direct a state court to comply with an international tribunal's ruling in the case of a Mexican on death row in Texas.

The justices agreed to review a decision by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals that concluded Bush had exceeded his constitutional authority by intruding into the independent powers of the judiciary.

Medellin is one of the 50 foreign death row inmates whose cases were taken to the Hague where the World Court found their rights had been violated:

The World Court in The Hague in 2004 ordered the United States to review the cases of Medellin and 50 other Mexican death row inmates because U.S. officials failed to tell them of their right under the Vienna Convention to talk to consular officers immediately after their arrests.

Bush in 2005 decided to comply with the World Court's ruling and he directed state courts to review the 51 cases to determine whether the violation of their rights caused the defendants any harm at trial or at sentencing.

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