Sunday, November 18, 2007

Medellin v. Texas The U.S. Supreme Court will decide this term whether President Bush can order the State of Texas to give effect to a decision of the International Court of Justice (the Avena case or Mexico v. the United States). The order was to review and reconsider the death sentence of José Medellin, a Mexican citizen who was not informed of his right to contact Mexican consular officials after his arrest on murder charges. Two of the lawyers involved in the case debated the complicated legal questions (power of the president, the Vienna Convention on Consular Rights, and the decision of the ICJ) at a Federalist Society meeting at the University of Chicago Law School. You can here the debate here. mp3, 1:09 min, no script You can get a good general presentation of the case here and of the oral argument here.