Sorry for the long title of this post! But, tonight will be another Republican debate and it will be on MSNBC and Chris Matthews will be a moderator. I can leave it at that, but I would like to know, will Mr. Matthews ask the Republican candidates what their stand is on the Jose Medellin issue?
Jose Medellin is drawing international attention as the Mexican national who was convicted of the savage rape and murder of Jennifer Ertman, 16 and Elizabeth Pena, 14, in 1993.
According to decision of the International Court of "Justice" (my quotations) the aforementioned Mr. Medellin should not be sentenced to death in Texas because he was not told that he could contact a representative of the Mexican consulate as well as the right to remain silent and to an attorney.
Apparently, President Bush tried to put pressure on Texas to vacate the death sentence and the reasoning is that it may affect the way Americans are treated abroad to the whims of other nations legal systems.
Sorry Mr. President, but that just does not wash.
Mr. Medellin was tried, convicted and sentenced to death by a jury of his peers in the state of Texas where the crimes occurred. Mr. Medellin was aided in this latest scam by the government of Mexico, which does not have a death penalty in law, but is a very corrupt legal system in which the peso or the greenback talks.
So far, there has been no comment from the top-tier Republican presidential candidates as to the indefensible position that the Bush administration is going to argue before the United States supreme court tomorrow on the defendant's behalf.
Will Mr. Matthews spend any time on this very serious issue tonight? I do not think so. But, we can let the White House know how we feel now. Call the White House at 202-456-1414 and let them know how you feel about this. It may change the view and it may not, but it could determine what kind of argument the solicitor general makes tomorrow at the supreme court. Also, call the Republican National Committee at 202-863-8500 and let them know that this does not help a party that stands for the rule of law and a federal system that devolves power to the most local level, not some potentates in the Hague. E-mail Chris Matthews at firstname.lastname@example.org and let him know to ask the Republican presidential candidates what they would do in this situation.
If Chris Matthews wants people to know that he is not biased against the Republicans, ask him to put these candidates on the record. Time for these people who want our votes to take a stand for America and the rule of American law.