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SCOTUS refused to halt execution of Mexican citizen in Texas

State Department, the Mexican government and international human rights organizations, cop killer and Mexican national Edgar Arias Tamayo wasexecuted in a Texas death chamber on Wednesday evening.

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canada goose "This case was not Canada Goose Parka just about one Mexican national on death row in Texas," said a statement from Tamayo lawyers Sandra Babcock and Maurie Levin. "The execution of Mr. Tamayo violates the United States' treaty commitments, threatens the nation foreign policy interests, and undermines the safety of all Americans abroad. at odds with much of the Western world. canada goose

Canada Goose Outlet The scheduled execution drew the ire of the Mexican government which said implementing the death penalty will violate international law, as it contends that Tamayo was not advised of his rights to consular assistance at the time of his arrest and trial. https://www.pick-canadagoose.com Secretary of State John Kerry, who said the execution could put Americans abroad at risk and strain international relations. Canada Goose Outlet

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buy canada goose jacket cheap "I want to be clear: I have no reason to doubt the facts of Mr. Tamayo conviction, and as a former prosecutor, I have no sympathy for anyone who would murder a police officer," Kerry wrote in a statement last fall. "This is a process issue I am raising because it could impact the way American citizens are treated in other countries." buy canada goose jacket cheap

uk canada goose At the heart of the debate was not whether or not Tamayo, 46, was guilty of the crime he was sentenced for, but if Canada Goose Outlet the process that led to his conviction violated established international law in how the courts deal with foreign nationals. uk canada goose

In late January 1994, Tamayo was arrested by 24 year old police officer Guy P. Gaddis on suspicion of robbery. Gaddis handcuffed Tamayo and placed him in the back of his patrol car. At some point Tamayo pulled a handgun that Gaddis had missed during an initial search and shot and killed Gaddis. The police car swerved off the side of the road and crashed. Tamayo kicked out a window and fled a few blocks before being caught by police.

canada goose store As of 2012 there were 136 canada goose outlet foreign nationals on death row in the United States, over 40% of whom are Mexican citizens, according to Amnesty International. had violated the rights of Tamayo and 50 other Mexicans on death row and ordered a review of their cases. canada goose store

Since buy canada goose jacket cheap the order, Texas has executed two other Mexicans whose cases were part of the ICJ's order, according to Mexico Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In those two cases, both had their convictions reviewed in accordance with the Vienna Convention violations, according to The New York Times.

canadian goose jacket In a statement released on Jan. 19, Mexico's Foreign Affairs Ministry said that Mexico "opposes the death penalty and is determined to use the resources necessary to protect those citizens in danger of cheap Canada Goose being sentenced to death." canadian goose jacket

"Should Edgar Tamayo be executed without a review of the criminal proceedings and a reconsideration of his sentence in accordance with Canada Goose sale the ICJ ruling, this would be the third time a Mexican included in the [ICJ] Judgment has been executed, a clear violation by the United States of its international obligations under the Vienna Convention, whose observance is key to guaranteeing the rights of all individuals to due process, including United States citizens when they are traveling or living abroad," buy canada goose jacket the statement read.

uk canada goose outlet Babcock, one of canada goose coats on sale Tamayo attorneys, said in a statement to CNN that the Texas Board of Pardons has been mute in addressing concerns by a number of American officials and various supporters of Tamayo's. Secretary of State, evangelical and Latino leaders, former Texas Gov. Mark White canada goose clearance and legal and international organizations have called on the The Texas Board of Pardon and Paroles and Gov. (Rick) Perry to halt the execution of Mr. Tamayo based on the violation of his consular rights, yet the Texas Board of Pardons has refused to even canadian goose jacket meet to discuss Mr. Tamayo clemency petition," Babcock said. uk canada goose outlet

The United States has ranked among the top 5 in the world for the execution of prisoners in recent years, joining China, Saudi Arabia, Iran canada goose store and Iraq as global leaders, according to Amnesty International.

Texas has been among the most active states in thinning its death row. Over the summer Texas hit a grim milestone with its 500th execution since 1976. And Gov. history with more than 261 by last summer.

buy canada goose jacket Since 1976, at least 28 foreign nationals have been executed in the United States, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, a group that tracks execution statistics and information. Eleven of those executions took place in Texas, and the vast majority took place in the South. Nearly all of those death penalty cases were in violation of the Vienna Convention canada goose treatise. buy canada goose jacket

canada goose uk outlet Among those foreign citizens executed is Humberto Leal, a Mexican inmate on Texas death row who'd been convicted of the 1994 rape, torture and murder of 16 year old Adria Sauceda in San Antonio. Sauceda was never informed of his rights to seek help from the Mexican consulate. Despite an appeal by the Obama administration, Sauceda was put to death in July 2011. to reconsider. Another of the 51, Jose E. Medellin, was also executed in Texas in 2008 for the rape and murder of two teenage girls in 1993. canada goose uk outlet

cheap Canada Goose Another of the more high profile death penalty case that drew the attention of the international law community was the case of Walter and Karl LaGrand, German citizens convicted of killing a man and severely wounding another during a botched armed robbery in Arizona. The LaGrand brothers Canada Goose online had not been told of their rights to consular assistance by law enforcement officials, though they later learned of those rights and contacted the German consulate. The brothers appealed their sentence and conviction based on the violation of their ICJ rights, to no avail. cheap Canada Goose

Canada Goose Online Karl LaGrand was put to death in Feb. 1999. His brother Walter was executed the following month. Canada Goose Online

canada goose coats on sale On Wednesday afternoon, the Board of Pardons and Paroles in a majority vote denied a clemency request to spare Tamayo's life. canada goose coats on sale

Hector Tamayo, Tamayo's father, told the Spanish language news site Mileniothat his son's execution would be an injustice.

"It unjust what canada goose black friday sale they want to do to him knowing full well that he isn guilty, that he didn kill the policeman," Hector Tamayo said, according to a translation canada goose deals by the LA Times. "He never said he killed him and nor was he assisted by the consulate nor any of the people that should help when someone commits a crime.".

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