A Texas Execution Raises Red Flags in the International Community

Thursday, July 07, 2011

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An execution scheduled in Texas today is making international headlines. Should Humberto Leal Garcia, Jr. die at the hands of the state, the U.S.'s diplomatic relations with Mexico could be adversely impacted, and possibly may violate the U.S.'s compliance with the U.N.’s Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. Garcia was convicted in 1994 of raping and killing a 16-year-old girl in Texas. He is a Mexican national and was not informed that he could access Mexican consular officials after his arrest. Garcia has been denied clemency from the state of Texas, but President Obama has asked that the Supreme Court weigh in on his case by today.

Sandra Babcock, clinical professor of law and director of the Center for International Human Rights at Northwestern University, represents Humberto Leal Garci,a Jr. and is arguing for a stay in the case. She speaks with us about what might happen today.

Guests:

Sandra Babcock

Produced by:

Jen Poyant

Comments [2]

D.L.Mc from Staten Island, NY

If Garcia wins this case does that hurt the cause of those who do not want law enforcement to be able to question citizenship.

Jul. 07 2011 11:13 AM
amalgam from NYC by day, NJ by night

Golly gee. The state with _BY FAR_ the highest rate of capital punishment, that takes pride in such executions, that deigns be part of the U.S. even as the state constitution contains the right to secede, whose current Gov. almost gleefully talked of secession; that state is not listening to UN protocols for international legal rights?

Who could imagine! Oh wait, that's Texas.

Jul. 07 2011 09:49 AM

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