Court backs Texas in dispute with Bush

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court has ruled for the state of Texas, saying there's no need to offer a new hearing to a Mexican on death row for rape and murder.

The ruling comes in a case that pitted President Bush against his home state. By a 6-3 vote, the court says Bush can't order a new hearing for a mexican citizen (Jose Ernesto Medellin) awaiting execution in the rapes and murders of two teenagers. The prisoner
Says police blocked him from consulting mexican diplomats as allowed by international treaty.

An international court had ruled in 2004 that the inmate's conviction -- and that of 50 other Mexicans on death row -- violated the Vienna convention. That 1963 statute allows people arrested abroad access to their home country's consular officials.

The world court said the Mexicans should get new court hearings to determine whether the violation affected their cases.

Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John Roberts says the international court decision can't be forced upon the states.

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