Responses to Humberto Leal Execution

Humberto Leal Garcia was executed Thursday evening, July 7 and pronounced dead at 6:21pm. Read the full story from the Chicago Tribune.


Statement of Former U.S. Diplomats, July 7, 2011
Regarding the Execution of Humberto Leal Garcia
“The United States was founded on a commitment to the rule of law, and we believe it still stands for that commitment.  But today’s execution of a foreign national of our critical international partner Mexico violates a binding legal obligation and threatens to undermine the strength of our credibility in the eyes of our international partners. We are disappointed that Texas has chosen not to comply with the clear international legal obligations of the United States under the U.N. Charter and unanimously confirmed by the Supreme Court.
“In light of this irrevocable breach of our nation’s international legal obligations, it is now more imperative than ever that Congress and the Obama Administration move immediately to provide for our nation’s full compliance in the future by enacting the Consular Notification Compliance Act.
“The ability of the United States to secure future international agreements vital to the protection of our citizens, our national security, and our commercial interests depends largely on whether this nation is perceived as honoring its international commitments. We now look to Congress and the Obama Administration to act without delay to discharge this treaty commitment on behalf of the entire United States. Prompt congressional action will ensure that the cases of other foreign nationals who did not receive the consular notification required by the Vienna Convention on Consular Rights will move towards a final and legal resolution that respects the rule of law.
“Congress and the Administration should move immediately to enact legislation ensuring compliance with our international obligations. The safety of our citizens abroad, and our nation’s reputation and standing among its international treaty partners, depend on it.”


Harry Barnes, Jr.
U.S. Ambassador to Chile, 1985-1988; U.S. Ambassador to India, 1981-1985; Director General of the Foreign Service 1977-1981; U.S. Ambassador to Romania, 1974-1977
John B. Bellinger, III
Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP; Legal Advisor to the Department of State, 2005-2009; Legal Advisor to the National Security Council, 2001-2005
David E. Birenbaum
Of Counsel, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP; Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; U.S. Ambassador to the UN for UN Management and Reform, 1994-96
James R. Jones
U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, 1993-1997; Member of U.S. Congress (D-OK), 1973-1987
Thomas R. Pickering
Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, 1997-2000; U.S. Ambassador and Representative to the United Nations, 1989-1992


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.),Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee,
On Denied Request For A Stay In The Leal Case And On The Consular Notification Compliance Act
“I am disappointed that the Supreme Court has denied the administration’s request to grant a brief stay in the Leal case in order to allow Congress time to act on the Consular Notification Compliance Act.  Americans detained overseas rely on their access to U.S. consulates every day.  If we expect other countries to abide by the treaties they join, the United States must also honor its obligations.

“This case is not an isolated instance; the issue of consular notification remains a serious diplomatic and legal concern.  Congress has a responsibility to ensure that the United States is meeting its obligations under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, and I will continue to work with Members on both sides of the aisle to enact this important legislation. The safety and well-being of U.S. citizens who study, work and travel overseas depends on it.”

5 thoughts on “Responses to Humberto Leal Execution

  1. This is yet another tragedy showing that many in the US are indifferent to real justice when it doesn’t fit their narrow paradigm. This case clearly demonstrates that Texas the US Supreme Court perceive the state and the nation to be above international treaties and laws. Whatever happened to “liberty and justice for all?”

    • Adria Sauceda got justice. Not that you care, you think she deserved what happened to her.

  2. While the violation of the Vienna Convention was especially egregious in this case, as well as the willingness of the courts to take part in legal homicide despite evidence of mitigating circumstances that should have compelled a verdict of life even apart from any qyestions as to the finding of guilt, we should remember that _any_ execution is an act of defiance against United Nations General Assembly Resolution A/RES/62/149 (December 2007). Until the U.S.A. complies with this resolution as a matter of national policy, any jurisdiction violating it, whether the victim is a citizen or a national of another country, should be a cause for global opposition, including appropriate international sanctions.

  3. So this is where the people who think what happened to Adria Sauceda was something to celebrate gather. None of you care about victims of crimes because you think they deserve what they get and men like Humber Leal are heros because of what they do.

  4. The Supreme Court is the highest court and their decisions are written in stone. They decide what is legal, and their decisions are totally and completely binding.
    The Supreme Court decided that the execution could proceed. That made it legal.
    The Supreme Court trumps all others, including the international court. It is about time that everyone accepts that fact.

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