Jul 19, 2011 Don’t let the Supreme Court’s visual majesty fool you
Death penalty: Always unjust
The visual majesty of the Supreme Court —- which seems out of place with democratic ideals -— cannot obscure the horrors of the death penalty that the nation’s highest court has for decades allowed to proceed as business as usual.
As much as I have never been a big fan of President Obama, had John McCain won the 2008 election, the Supreme Court would likely be a place where the death penalty faces even fewer obstacles than now, due to the Supreme Court picks he likely would have made as president.
Thanks to the Obama Administration for having filed a Supreme Court amicus brief to stay the execution of Humberto Leal Garcia, pending the results of proposed legislation to give him and others relief when the authorities fail to comply with the Vienna Convention’s consular notification requirements that require advising non-United States citizen detainees of their right to consult with a member of their nation’s consulate:
“In 1969, the United States ratified the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (Vienna Convention), done Apr. 24, 1963, 21 U.S.T. 77, 596 U.N.T.S. 261. Article 36 of the Convention obligates states to inform a detained foreign national that he may receive the assistance of his country’s consulate and to notify the consulate and allow access if the individual so requests. 21 U.S.T. 100-101, 596 U.N.T.S. 292-294.” Amicus Brief of the United States supporting a stay of Humberto Leal Garcia’s execution, at 3.
On July 7, a Supreme Court 5-4 majority on strict political party lines as to the president who appointed each justice, greenlighted Mr. Humberto Leal Garcia’s execution. On the same day, the state of Texas gladly obliged in carrying out the legalized murder of Mr. Garcia.
I wanted to blog about this case earlier. No execution is in my name.