Today’s Fort Worth Star-Telegram features an editorial on last week’s execution of Humberto Leal and the implications for the rule of law (“U.S. treaty promises must mean what they say,” July 14, 2011). The editorial notes that “Though his case is over, that shouldn’t remove the urgency of Congress approving legislation to make clear that […]
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 […]
The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied Humberto Leal Garcia’s request for a reprieve and/or commutation. The vote for a reprieve was 4-1, the vote for commutation was 5-0. Here is a statement from Mr. Leal’s attorney, Sandra Babcock: The following statement is attributed to Sandra L. Babcock, attorney for Humberto Leal Garcia: “The Texas Board of Pardons and […]
Today, July 1, the United States Solicitor General urged the U.S. Supreme Court to stay the execution of Humberto Leal Garcia. Leal, a Mexican national, is scheduled to be executed by the State of Texas on Thursday, July 7, 2011, barring a stay from the U.S. Supreme Court or a favorable recommendation of clemency from the […]
On Monday, Humberto Leal Garcia’s attorneys and the Mexican government jointly appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to stay Leal’s execution. Three judges on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued a concurring opinion which stated that the pardons board and Governor Perry should stay Mr. Leal’s execution.
Today’s Houston Chronicle features an editorial that calls for a stay of execution for Humberto Leal, in light of legislation pending in Congress that would allow federal courts to review death penalty cases involving foreign nationals who were denied the right to contact their consular offices (“Keeping our word: Scheduled Texas execution violates treaty and endangers […]
Today Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont introduced federal legislation that aims to bring the United States into compliance with the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, a key treaty that provides citizens who are detained abroad with access to their consulates. This legislation has implications for the case of Humberto Leal, a Mexican national who was not […]
The Huffington Post features a blog from Sandra Babcock, the attorney for Texas death row inmate Humberto Leal (“Texas Execution Could Risk Americans’ Safety Abroad,” June 9, 2011). Leal faces a July 7 execution date, in spite of the fact that he was denied the right to contact the Mexican consul upon his arrest – […]