At 6:21 p, (CST) yesterday Humbeto Leal Garcia, Jr. died by lethal injection in a Texas prison for a heinous crime. So who cares about another poor excuse for a human being wiped off the earth. But you see, the UN, the White House, the governments of Brazil, Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico, Switzerland and Americans in foreign jails, to name a few, cared.
As a Mexican citizen, Leal’s execution for the 1994 murder of 16-year old Aria Sanchez was another blow to U.S.-Mexico relations and put a dink or more likely a dent in the world’s perception of the US. A Mexican representative put it succinctly:
“Another execution of a Mexican national in direct violation of international law would undoubtedly affect public opinion in Mexico, undermining support for a constructive and forward-leaning bilateral relationship,” said Ricardo Alday, spokesman for the Mexican Embassy in the United States.
Apparently Texas authorities did not tell Leal after his arrest that he could seek legal assistance from the Mexican government through the local consulate under an international treaty right. Leal who moved to the US as a toddler only remembered to assert his foreign national rights when his ass was on the line – literally. When his lawyers asked, Texas said no therefore violating those pesky international laws.
Neither the Obama administration nor the Mexican government nor the UN contend that Leal is innocent. Rather, they argue that the US has an obligation to comply with the laws of the international community it is a part of. Under the 1963 Vienna Convention, of which both Mexico and the US are party to, a foreigner has certain rights when arrested ouside his country. Yes, even a scum bag like Leal looking for an angle to save his hide gets the protection of the Vienna Convention so less scummier and possibly innocent people get the benefit of it.
So the National Human Rights Commission, countless foreign governments and even Texan George W. Bush turned to the one person who could right this wrong in the name of national interests – Texas Governor Rick ‘Praying’ Perry. Good luck I thought, he’s probably busy at a shooting range, prayer meeting or patrolling the border.
Texas is the only state not to comply with national consular access that ironically George Bush mandated Texas to do so when he was President and Perry Governor. The ‘lone’ star state is acting as the ‘lone’ state yet again. On a side note, Perry obviously thinks he doesn’t need Dubya if he runs for President. ‘Praying’ Perry should remember that Dubya doesn’t forget a slight just asked the now deceased Saddam Hussein.