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July 7, 2011

Obama Rebuffed: Texas Executes Mexican National Humberto Leal Garcia

Topics: Immigration and Border Issues, Political News and commentaries


Via Lyle Denniston over at SCOTUSblog, SCOTUS flatly refused to take the President's word on a foreign policy issue, and by a 5-4 vote allowed Texas to execute Mexican national Humberto Leal Garcia, convicted of raping and killing a 16-year-old girl in 1994, even though his so-called "international treaty rights had been violated":

Refusing to defer to President Obama's view of a threat to U.S. foreign relations, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 late Thursday afternoon to allow Texas to execute a Mexican national whose international treaty rights were violated in his prosecution for murder. The Court majority dismissed as "free-ranging assertions" the President's foreign policy arguments against the immediate execution of Humberto Leal Garcia, and added that the Obama Administrration had not presented "a persuasive legal claim." (The ruling and the dissent are here.)

This appeared to be a more serious rebuff of the President's powers as the nation's diplomat-in-chief than the one the Court had issued three years ago, in another Mexican national's death penalty case, during the George W. Bush Administration. Then, the Court said a treaty that President Bush had invoked -- the Vienna Convention -- was not binding law in the U.S. This time, however, the Court majority went further, and simply would not take the President's word on "foreign policy consequences" expressed directly to the Court, were Leal Garcia to be put to death.

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Congratulations to both Gov. Rick Perry and SCOTUS for ignoring Barack Obama's attempt to cede control of our state laws to the UN. Despite Obama's wishes to the contrary, we are still a sovereign nation and not under the control of the UN or a 'global government' - something that Obama has sought as far back as when he was still a senator.

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