The Supreme Court will hear an appeal from a Mexican citizen on death row in Texas whose case has embroiled the World Court, the Bush administration, and the State of Texas in conflict for several years, the New York Times reports. The inmate, José E. Medellín, is one of 50 Mexicans on death rows in various states who, the World Court found in 2004, had been charged and tried without help from Mexican diplomats to which an international treaty entitled them.
The World Court, formally the International Court of Justice, ruled that the U.S. must reopen the defendants' cases. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals refused to relax its rules that barred any reconsideration. One judges accused the White House of an “unprecedented, unnecessary and intrusive exercise of power over the Texas court system.” The Bush administration entered the case on Medellín's behalf and urged the Supreme Court to overturn the Texas court's decision. The case will be argued next fall. Medellín, a former Houston gang member, was convicted in 1993 of participating in the gang rape and murder of two teenage girls.