Shocking and completely unacceptable.  The state best known for its liberal application of the death penalty is at the height of arrogance and ignorance.  Hot off the wire from Reuters:

Texas executed a Honduran man on Thursday for a 2001 murder, the second foreigner the state put to death this week.

Heliberto Chi, 29, was condemned for the March 2001 robbery-murder of his former boss at a clothing store in Arlington, Texas.

Chi’s lawyers argued in a final appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court that he should be granted a stay because he had not been notified of his right to consular services.

More below the fold …Let’s not forget, this is the second foreign national the state executed in just three days.  From CNN:

The United States violated international law by putting a Mexican national to death in Texas, the Mexican government said Wednesday.

Protesters for and against Jose Ernesto Medellin’s execution gathered before he was put to death Tuesday night in Huntsville, Texas, for raping and murdering two teens in 1993.

With the state of Texas, and by extension, the United States, acting in clear violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, the World Court took up the issue.

Medellin’s case was taken up by the World Court and the White House but the state of Texas remained unswayed.

The World Court last month ordered the U.S. government to “take all measures necessary” to halt executions of five Mexicans including Medellin because they had been deprived of their right to consular services after their arrests.

Aside from being an egregious violation of the principles of our own justice system, there are very, very serious questions as to whether the actions of the state of Texas have possibly endangered Americans living abroad who may in the future be accused of and charged with a crime in a foreign justice system.  While not necessarily shouldering all of the blame in this debacle, Governor Rick Perry certainly has his fingerprints all over this–he was, of course, given the chance to grant an injunction delaying either man’s punishment, but, of course, he chose otherwise.

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