Thursday, July 7, 2011

Blame Texas!

So Texas is set to execute a Mexican national who was not informed that he could contact the consulate as per international law.

Nautrally people are screaming bloody murder at the ignorant and savage Texas.

There's just one problem... SCOTUS already ruled that Texas' actions are legal. Congress never ratified the treaty in question, and SCOTUS actually takes the time to point this out, in a fairly sarcastic manner too.

This is because in prior ruling SCOTUS said this:

Though the Senate ratified the Vienna Convention in 1969, its consular notification requirement was often overlooked. Mexico, citing the cases of 51 foreign citizens then on death rows in the United States, complained to the International Court of Justice in 2004. That court found that the United States was bound by the treaty, and Mr. Bush asked the states to apply it.

But the U.S. Supreme Court subsequently ruled that the remedy established by the International Court of Justice, judicial review, would require congressional action.

And Congress did not take action.

But screaming at Congress and SCOTUS doesn't fit the Narrative.

And the narrative is that the President demanded Texas to stop and Texas refused!

Never mind that the President doesn't have that power, but it hasn't stopped him yet.

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