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March 25, 2008

TEXAS BEATS BUSH in the Medellin decision just handed down by the Supreme Court. That should make some people happy, though the fact that international law loses along with Bush may make some people less happy. "The decision, aside from its rebuff of presidential power, also treats the World Court ruling itself as not binding on U.S. states, when it contradicts those states’ criminal procedure rules. The international treaty at issue in this dispute — the Vienna Convention that gives foreign nationals accused of crime a right to meet with diplomats from their home country — is not enforceable as a matter of U.S. law, the Roberts opinion said. " Those worried about international law sneaking into U.S. law will be relieved, however.

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