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July 07, 2011

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Sara

That man is a shame for humanity, thankfully Texas got rid of such a evil person. Our taxes shouldn't go to a fund to keep this garbage of the world alive. He should had been brutalized and then murdered to at least get even. He got it way easier than the poor scared teenager.
and he accepted his blame finally in the death chamber.

Dr. Sanford Aranoff

It is not law. A treaty must be approved by Congress to be lawful. Congress never voted on this "treaty". It is not enough for the president to sign it.

Publicus

To borrow from Stalin: "How many divisions has the UN to enforce its protests?"

Judge Roy Bean

Oh, now the toothless, milquetoast UN is enraged that Texas has the audacity to end the life of a scumbag who was so sick and vile that he brutally raped a 16 year old girl and beat her to death with a chunk of asphalt then left her brutalized nude body just as he wanted. Beyond crushing the life out of her, he altered the lives of her family, friends and anyone who remotely knew her for all time.

But that’s not important to the whining UN or those who believe he was wronged by Texas. How about this logic: If Leal hadn’t been pounding the face off a 16 year old girl after he raped & brutalized her, Texas would not have dealt him the minimum amount of justice he deserved. I say good riddance and good on you Texas. It’s not about race, ethnicity, origin, gender or anything else the UN might cry about. It’s about justice and scrubbing the face of America clean of scum like Leal regardless of where they come from – even within our borders. Oh, and thanks to guys like Joran and others like him, I’m guessing Texans aren’t too fond of diplomatic immunity either.

Jonjjs

Treaty obligations are not a matter of "due process". Due process is a constitutional matter, not a matter of International Treaty. If such were the case, all US persons would have to be accorded our full due process wherever they were, which is obviously and rightly not the case. Leal Garcia was an illegal alien, and States are not required under the 14th Amendment to provide Bill of Rights protections to non-citizens, and the due process of law therefore only applies to State law. (Read the 14th before you comment, it can be argued, but only by assuming the asinine "living and breathing Constitution" argument). It is false, therefore, that the Federal government has any authority to enforce the treaty on a State, regardless of whether the US Congress passes the law or not. Were I the governor or Texas, I would have explained this to the Federal Authorities (very slowly) to help them understand.

Pliny the Younger

The "judges" didn't write anything, and there were no "dissenting judges." Only "Justices" and "dissenting Justices."

MARCUS

Excuse me, but when did the U.S. and any Chartered State give up it's soverignty to any foreign nation or body? Our Constituion was written for the purpose of declaring and organizing our "soverign" nation. The very suggestion to do so allows for the opportunity for foreign nations to proclaim soverignty over our nation. This is absolutely ridiculous.

Joe

In 17 years of being incarcerated, and with (most likely) several appeals, how did Leal NOT get the assistance of the Mexican consulate at some point?

JeffreyMPollock

Consular notification is an obligation by treaty, entered into by the US--it's not optional. This decision is violates not only Due Process but our own international accords.

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