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In April of 2008, I wrote about the Supreme Court of the United States ruling in favor of states rights over international law when they ruled that international court decisions cannot be forced upon the states. Specifically, that Texas could execute Mexican nationals who had committed capital murder in our state.
The action followed a high court ruling last week in which the justices rebuffed President Bush for directing the state of Texas to abide by a world court ruling and rehear the case of another Mexican on death row.
I mentioned the cases of seven Mexican-born convicts whom SCOTUS declined to hear their appeals based on the SCOTUS ruling. Of those seven Mexican murderers, the first of them is finally sentenced to die for their crimes. While the other six still sit on Texas’ death row, Humberto Leal will be put to death on July 7th, just a few minutes past 6:00 p.m. Huntsville Texas Time (HTT).
In the early hours of May 21, 1994, 16-year-old Adria Sauceda and dozens of others attended a raucous Southside house party on Vincent Street, where witnesses reported seeing a dazed Sauceda — pumped full of alcohol, cocaine, and marijuana — pulled to the backyard. There she was stripped and circled by eight or nine men, each “taking turns” on the disoriented teenager. Friends who came to her aid were told to shut up, drink, and quit spoiling the party.
Humberto Leal later abducted this already brutally savaged teenager and raped her some more before finally ending your misery by crushing in her skull with a 35 lb chunk of asphalt. When police found her dead and ravaged body on the side of the dirt road where Leal left her, there was still a large stick that had a screw protruding from it that Leal left jammed up her lifeless body after he raped her with it.
In June, a Federal judge has already ruled that he will not stop the execution, as the SCOTUS has already made the issue clear on whether or not Texas has to abide by international court rulings (we don’t):
U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia ruled Wednesday the consulate claim was “utterly lacking in arguable merit.”
He appears to be a favorite amongst the deranged and sick-o death row inmate groupies — here’s one of his requests for penpals. Translated into German, too.
So, I’m sure his twisted fans will be here shortly to tell us how evil the US is and how we are violating international law by executing a “citizen of the world,” or some such bullshit.
The Texas Tribune’s own death-row inmate groupie and anti-death penalty activist Brandi Grissom has already written about Humberto Leal — trying to paint a picture of sympathy for this sick monster by alleging he was abused by a priest as a child decades ago.
Look for her to have another report in the coming days, siding with the murderer once again, about Texas violating international law. Unbiased and objective reporting my ass, Trib team.
(NOTE: I wrote the first draft of this post back in mid-June. On June 28th, several days after I wrote this draft, the Tribune did post about how poor Leal’s Mexican rights were violated. The only part I got wrong was that it wasn’t written by death-row inmate groupie Grissom; instead it was co-authored by Ari Auber and Beth Brown. I’m still betting Brandi get’s a word in about this poor scum’s case before he meets his due justice).
Update (July 1): Great. Obama just can’t quit fucking with Texas’ sovereignty, can he? Now the boy who thinks he’s President of the World is asking the Supreme Court to halt the execution of this pieces of shit animal:
Making the unusual move of trying to stop a state execution, the Obama Administration on Friday afternoon urged the Supreme Court to delay temporarily the scheduled execution in Texas next Thursday of a Mexican national, Humberto Leal Garcia, convicted of the kidnap, rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl in 1995. Speaking for the Justice and State Departments, Solicitor General Donald B.Verrilli, Jr., argued that Leal’x execution would cause the U.S. to violate treaty obligations with “serious repercussions” for foreign policy and would raise threats of retaliation to Americans who travel or work abroad.
Update II (July 5): The Texas parole board has ruled that they will not stop Leal’s execution.
Update III (July 7): There’s now a thread over at Memeorandum.
Update IV (July 7): The SCOTUS has refused to interfere:
The Supreme Court noted that it could not grant a stay to allow for the possible passage of the Leahy bill. “Our task is to rule on what the law is, not what it might eventually be,” the court ruled.
The court also discounted arguments that “grave international consequences” may follow Leal’s execution.
“We have no authority to stay an execution in light of ‘an appeal of the president’ presenting free-ranging assertions of foreign policy consequences, when those assertions come unaccompanied by persuasive legal claim.”
Update V (July 7): He’s dead, Jim.