In a case that drew international attention, Texas last night executed convicted murderer Humberto Leal, a Mexican who was brought to the U.S. as a toddler, despite pleas from the White House, Mexico, and the United Nations, says the Christian Science Monitor. The U.S. Supreme Court voted 5 to 4 against a stay of execution.
The White House worried that, because of the execution, Americans could expect harsher treatment if they run afoul of the law abroad. “This case implicates United States foreign policy interests of the highest order,” Solicitor General Donald Verrilli said. Leal was convicted in 1994 for the brutal rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl, but his lawyers contend that he was never informed he could get consular help after his arrest, as the Vienna Convention demands. Texas Gov. Rick Perry told CNN that, “Congress has had the opportunity to consider and pass legislation for the federal courts’ review of such cases since 2008, and has not done so each time a bill was filed.”