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The Texas death chamber in Huntsville, TX, June 23, 2000 where Texas death row inmate Gary Graham was put to death by lethal injection on June 22, 2000. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Newsmakers) The Texas death chamber in Huntsville, TX, June 23, 2000 where Texas death row inmate Gary Graham was put to death by lethal injection on June 22, 2000. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Newsmakers)  

Lawyers protest Gov. Perry for not halting execution of Mexico-born murderer

Neil Munro
White House Correspondent

An international alliance of legal professionals and Democrats are putting Texas Gov. Rick Perry in the hot seat for the state’s refusal to halt the execution of a Mexico-born murderer.

“If you commit the most heinous of crimes in Texas, you can expect to face the ultimate penalty under our laws, as in this case, where [murderer Humberto] Leal was convicted of raping and bludgeoning a 16-year-old girl to death,” Perry’s press secretary Katherine Cesinger told TheDC.

“Other than a 30-day reprieve, the governor would have to receive a favorable recommendation from the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to grant clemency in any case,” she said, adding that “the governor has not yet made a final decision on this case, which is still pending before the courts.”

The lawyer-led alliance wants “to increase their own influence and power,” and they’re using the scheduled Texas execution to restrict the authority of U.S. politicians and courts, and to create a new layer of legal appeals, said Todd Gaziano, the director of the Heritage Foundation’s Center for Legal & Judicial Studies.

The alliance includes the Mexican government; U.S and foreign left-of-center lawyers and judges; as well as top U.N. official Navanethem Pillay, a Harvard-trained South African lawyer now serving as the U.N. High Commissioner For Human Rights.

A group of U.S. lawyers and judges, headed by Charles Baird, a Texas Democrat and judge until he was ousted in a 2010 election, also called for “delaying the execution … to ensure full opportunity for congressional action and appropriate review of the case.”

Opponents of the death penalty are also joining the fight, said Gaziano, because “they want to create so may hurdles that it is impossible for America to carry out.” (GOP congressmen call on Bureau of Prisons to remove inflammatory Islamic texts)

Perry is considering a run for the White House in 2012, and will face strong criticism from Democrats for state policies that effect the state’s fast-growing Hispanic population. Democratic consultants hope to drive a wedge between GOP candidates and Hispanics, because they want Hispanics to vote in record numbers for President Barack Obama.

U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli has also intervened on behalf of the Obama administration, and on June 1, he asked that the U.S. Supreme Court delay the Texas execution, pending passage of a new federal law that would set rules related to states executing foreign nationals. Several top-level legal officials in the administration signed the request.

The federal government has an interest in the Texas case because the Vienna convention helps Americans who are arrested overseas quickly get help from U.S. diplomats. “The federal government does have a responsibility to try to implement the treaty in a way that please other nation, in part because American citizens … because other countries’ due process is not a great as ours,” said Gaziano. (Pawlenty attacks bipartisan commission to end Minnesota government shutdown)

That incentive also prompted President George W. Bush in 2004 to urge Texas to cancel the planned execution of Mexican national Jose Medellin, after the International Court of Justice in The Hague directed Texas to stop the execution of Mexican nationals.

Humberto Leal Garcia is facing execution July 7 for raping and murdering a drunken 16-year old girl in 1994. He is an illegal immigrant who had lived in the United States since he was a toddler.

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  • http://Info@CCIFST.com HiTekRescu3

    The execution should go as planned. He committed a heinous crime that constitutes the maximun penalty. This should serve as a loud and clear statement of the American people that tolerance for the lawless will not be acceptable behavior for either citizens or non-citizens living in this country. This should be broadcast loud, far and wide on both sides of the border.

  • lollytyg

    “pending passage of a new federal law that would set rules related to states executing foreign nationals.”

    Where did that come from? The Supreme Court has already ruled on this, and there is not even a bill before Congress. What are the Demwits going to write a bill for this murderer?

    Are they suggesting that foreign national immune to the laws of a sovereign state?

  • noelle

    So the pandering Democrats assume that Hispanics who are American citizens — the ONLY Hispanics who should be voting in the U.S. — would favor the release of a murderer-rapist just because he is Hispanic. Or are the Dems just planning to have all the illegals voting in 2012?

    If Perry stands firm, I will have to consider him a serious Presidential contender, as well as my current favorite, Michele Bachmann. It’s also a great way to show the nation that he will NOT be another pseudo-conservative George Bush.

  • Kingfish-obummer

    If you back down on this Perry, you will never get my vote, and if you can’t
    pass the TSA restriction law you don’t deserve to be considered for the Promotion, you will just be another no balls politician.

  • memc

    The Obama admin wants to have it both ways. He is suing states to not check immigration status AND wants states to check status for possible foreign consulate help.

    When he is pandering no one bothers to questions his duplicity.

  • Willys

    NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Somali man suspected of assisting al Qaeda was held abroad on a U.S. Navy ship for questioning for over two months without being advised of any legal rights, an administration official said.

    http://news.yahoo.com/somali-man-held-two-months-faces-charges-u-035626417.html

    • Kingfish-obummer

      If it was up to me he would have accidently fallen over board.

  • Rowwdy

    If Perry commutes this animal’s sentence, he should be kicked out of office. Thinking of running for pres in 2012 is NOT a reason to play coward in the name of votes. It makes him no better than Obamao and his ACORN /Marxist cronies stealing votes.

    I am so sick of everyone butting into state’s laws. The UN can whine all they want too…they AREN’T OUR government. Obamao needs to shut the hell up as well. This is a STATE issue MR. Obamao.

    Juice the ba$tard and move onto the next miscreant. America needs to quit being wimps like the ACLU.

  • savage24

    Just remember to press 1 for English. Murder is murder and a horendous murder deserves the death penalty and to hell with the lawyers.

    • bluelagoon

      Totally agree. I still love the bumper sticker “Dont Mess with Texas”! Rick Perry is showing the much needed independence in dealing with the oppressive federal government.

  • BPinTexas

    You want to president, Mr. Perry? Now’s your grand stage to prove you’re an American and not a citizen of the world. Do what’s right for your state and your country!! Not to mention that little 16 year old and her family.