Federal Legislation Addresses U.S. Compliance with Vienna Convention on Consular Relations; Could Impact Cases in Texas

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 […]

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More on Humberto Leal, Violation of Vienna Convention

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 – […]

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Diplomats, Military Leaders, and Law Enforcement Urge Clemency for Humberto Leal

Today, attorneys for Humberto Leal Garcia filed a clemency petition with the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles and Governor Rick Perry, requesting a stay of his July 7 execution date. The petition states that Mr. Leal would not have been convicted and sentenced to death if the United States had complied with treaty obligations […]

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