From the Associated Press, via the San Antonio Express-News:
Mexican national’s lawyers want execution halted
Mexican officials are incensed because Texas has opposed legal efforts and spurned diplomatic pressure to spare a prisoner who was in the U.S. without legal permission when he was condemned for fatally shooting a Houston police officer two decades ago….
Secretary of State John Kerry previously asked Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to delay Tamayo’s punishment, saying it “could impact the way American citizens are treated in other countries.” The State Department repeated that stance Tuesday.
Uh-huh. State was saying the same thing five years ago, when another Mexican national, Jose Medellin, was executed for the brutal 1993 gang rape and murder of two teenage girls. Same when another Mexican national, Humberto Leal, was executed for the rape and murder of a San Antonio teenager.
But beyond whether the State Department is correct, it’s worth noting — once again — that, as Rick Perry spokesperson Robert Black said as Jose Medellin’s case was was being argued, “…these individuals are on death row for killing our citizens.” Perhaps Mexico should embark on some sort of PSA campaign:
“No ir al extranjero y matar a la gente, especialmente en Texas. Probablemente no vamos a ser capaces de conseguir que fuera.”
“Don’t go abroad and kill people, especially in Texas. We’re probably not going to be able to get you off.”