Statement from Humberto Leal’s Lawyer

The following statement is attributed to Sandra L. Babcock, attorney for Humberto Leal Garcia:

“Today the United States stumbled in its commitment to the rule of law.  Mr. Leal, tragically, will suffer the consequences.  He will be executed tonight, despite the fact that his right to consular assistance was violated.  If he had had the assistance of the Mexican consulate at the time of trial, Mr. Leal would have had a meaningful opportunity to show that he was not guilty of capital murder.

“It is shameful that Mr. Leal will pay the price for our inaction.  The need for Congressional action to restore our reputation and protect our citizens is more urgent than ever.

“This case was not just about one Mexican national on death row in Texas. The execution of Mr. Leal violates the United States’ treaty commitments, threatens the nation’s foreign policy interests, and undermines the safety of all Americans abroad. That is why the U.S. Solicitor General, former diplomats, military leaders, and Americans detained overseas were among those who joined together to call for a stay of execution.

“It is now imperative that Congress promptly act to ensure passage of legislation that will bring the U.S. into compliance with its international legal commitments and provide judicial review to the forty Mexican nationals who remain on death row in violation of their consular rights.”

Sandra L. Babcock, Clinical Professor of Law at Northwestern University School of Law and attorney for Mr. Leal.

July 7, 2011

3 thoughts on “Statement from Humberto Leal’s Lawyer

  1. My comment concerns your statement that your client suffered because he did not have Mexican counsel when he was first arrested fourteen years ago.
    My reply, especially coming the day after the legal minutiae which hamstrung a jury considering a case of child-murder, is that the path you are taking denies justice rather than enhances it. Your Mexican legal counsel might have hamstrung another American jury from finding the truth. Its bad timing.
    But I beliee that American jurisprudence, since in it’s fullness serves only the few – and those the rich or notorious – and not the rest of us who are legion and must rely on ourselves when indited, is not a hero’s work or something praiseworthy done. That you and who you serve are not admirable people for this work and we do not applaud you.
    It’s more important that a dead child receives justice and a grotesquely mauled and abused woman be hears than that your client receive an ideal version of legal protection. You and your work and others like you make America look like a pack of jacka88es. Thank you not.

  2. So sad that he was not given a fair shot at a defense. I pray that at the very least, his death will cause some greater action and change to take place.

  3. He admitted what he did and took responsibility for his actions yet this lawyer says his rights were violated!!! What about the rights of the young girl he tortured???? How would Sandra Babcock feel about this POS if her daughter died in this manner at his hands??? Certain she would sing a different tune.

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