Jose Medellin Executed

Texas executed convicted murderer Jose Medellin this evening after a three hour delay while the Supreme Court reconsidered his case. The court voted 5-4, usual suspects, to allow the execution to proceed (PDF). Justice Stevens switched from his agreement with Chief Justice Roberts, and Justices Scalia, Thomas, Kennedy, and Alito in Medellin v. Texas (PDF), which was decided just five months ago.

Medellin’s case took on international significance after the World Court (to which the U.S. is a party) ruled that his execution should not proceed. Medellin, a Mexican national, was properly convicted under the statutes of Texas and in compliance with the Texas Constitution and the U.S. Constitution. However, he was not afforded the proper procedural protections under various treaties the U.S. has signed and ratified. The Supreme Court’s March decision held that those treaties were not self-executing and could not be applied to the State of Texas absent some federal enabling legislation (legislation which has not been forthcoming in the five months since the decision).

Just after it was handed down, I wrote about Medellin v. Texas and the case’s importance to the War on Terror. I’m as grateful now that Chief Justice Roberts is on the court as I was then.


~ by Gabriel Malor on August 5, 2008.

3 Responses to “Jose Medellin Executed”

  1. Justice has been served. Thank Texas and SCOTUS, I’m proud that both have the courage and wisdom to uphold American law and give this cold-blooded filthy killer what he deserved. And BTW, the IC treaty says he has the right to contact the consulate, but it doesn’t say we have to hold his hand every step of the way. D’oh! Also, he lived in Texas since he was 3, so wouldn’t that go against any kind of assimilation ideals if he still claimed himself a Mexican, begging for Mexico’s help (four years after it mattered)? May he burn in Hell for all eternity.

  2. Oh well nobody really cared anyway

  3. i would like to visit medellin’s grave… to urinate on it and have a stray dog defacate on it. his sympathizers should be be forced to undergo gang-rape themselves and die in fear, like the innocient victims they care nothing about – only caring about trash like medellin

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