Author Topic: John Kerry Says Texas' Plan To Execute Mexican-Born Cop Killer Could Hurt U.S. Diplomacy  (Read 512 times)

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http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2013/12/13/john-kerry-says-texas-plan-to-execute-mexican-born-cop-killer-could-hurt-us/

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Texas officials earlier this week that the planned execution of a Mexican man convicted of killing a Houston police officer could do more harm than good, especially in regards to Americans detained overseas.

Edgar Arias Tamayo, a 46-year old Mexican man, was in the country illegally when he killed Houston police officer Guy Gaddis. Tamayo was arrested by Gaddis outside a nightclub in 1994 for robbery. While being transported to jail, Tamayo pulled out a hidden gun and shot Gaddis fatally.

Now his case has attracted the attention of the State Department because of a judge's September decision to set  his execution for Jan. 22 and the revelation that Tamayo was not notified of his right to contact the Mexican consulate, in violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

Tamayo’s case was one of 51 in the U.S. – 14 of them in Texas – that the International Court of Justice, the United Nation’s top judicial body, asked the United States to review the judgment in 2004 as part of an examination of possible violations of the Vienna Convention.

While Kerry noted in a letter to Texas Gov. Rick Perry and state Attorney General Greg Abbott that he didn't question Tamayo's conviction, the violation of an international convention could have grave repercussions for Americans who are locked up abroad.

“I have no reason to doubt the facts of Mr. Tamayo’s conviction, and as a former prosecutor, I have no sympathy for anyone who would murder a police officer,” Kerry wrote, according to the New York Times. “Our consular visits help ensure U.S. citizens detained overseas have access to food and appropriate medical care, if needed, as well as access to legal representation.”

Kerry also noted in his letter to the Texas lawmakers a note he received earlier this year from Mexico’s ambassador to the United States, Eduardo Medina Mora, who wrote, “This issue has become and could continue to be a significant irritant in the relations between our two countries.”




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Rick Perry has no power to commute a death sentence unless the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles makes that recommendation.  All he can do is delay the execution for a month.

Perry has no intention of commuting or deferring this execution if he follows precedent.  A letter from Lurch will make no difference.
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Rick Perry has no power to commute a death sentence unless the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles makes that recommendation.  All he can do is delay the execution for a month.

Perry has no intention of commuting or deferring this execution if he follows precedent.  A letter from Lurch will make no difference.

You're right.

Unlike Kerry and Obama, Perry will obey the law.
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Bingo.  All Lurch needs now is a quicky to North Korea for a selfie with Kim Jong Un-Pleasant right before the Boy Leader sets off his next nuclear test for the Iranians.


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Bingo.  All Lurch needs now is a quicky to North Korea for a selfie with Kim Jong Un-Pleasant right before the Boy Leader sets off his next nuclear test for the Iranians.

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Ferry could respond like a SOS of a (former) world super power or the whipping boy of mexico. Let me guess what he'll do

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And contacting the Mexican consulate would have done what, exactly, for this guy?  It wouldn't have freed him; it wouldn't have substantially contributed to his defense.  So even if this is a violation, it's an extremely technical violation.


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