A matter of rights? …

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon rule on whether or not to follow a World Court ruling to strike down the sentencing of a Texas court in the death penalty judgment against Jose Medellin and 50 other Mexican National prisoners being held in U.S. penal institutions on similar charges giving them new trials.

The Mexican government sued the United States in the World Court siting that Jose Medellin and others were not allowed a phone call to Mexican officials after his arrest on the murder charges thus violating their rights to proper counsel.

Jose Medellin an illegal immigrant was 18 when he confessed and was found guilty of capitol murder. He was then sentenced to death for his participation in the gang rape and murder of two teenage girls that took place in Houston, Texas on June 24, 1993.

Elizabeth Pena 16 and Jennifer Ertman 14 were brutally raped and murdered as part of a gang initiation. Six other gang members including Medellin’s younger brother Venancio Medellin were eventually found guilty and sentenced as part of this horrific crime.

Venancio Medellin 14 at the time escaped the death sentence due to his age but is serving a 40 year sentence for his part in the crime. The other participants that were 17 years of age all had their death sentences stayed due to their age.

One of those found guilty that didn’t was Sean Derrick O’Brien an African American who was 18 when the crime took place. He was sentenced to death and the judgment was carried out on July 11, 2006.

During an interview on “The Factor” with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, former Mexican President Vincente Fox laughed out loud at the idea of immigration control or building a fence.

He told O’Reilly that, “the U.S. needed to go back to the way it once was …” What he was referring to was not clear to this writer.

The African American community has long been a leader when it comes to fighting for civil rights. It is appalling to me however that this year alone there has been at least four deaths that can be traced to illegal Mexican immigrants perpetrated against African Americans. The three college students in New Jersey and a Florida law enforcement officer. Who calls for justice and rights for their families?

What should be made clear to those who come here illegally is that you have already broken the law and if you break any others you suffer the consequences. There should be no special treatment for illegals who break our laws now or ever.


2 thoughts on “A matter of rights? …

  1. “There should be no special treatment for illegals who break our laws now or ever.”

    I definately agree. I live in Arizona where the issue of illegal immigrants is very hot right now. (Actually it has been for some time.) I don’t have as big an issue as most with the whole thing but do take issue to the idea that they should get away with crimes because they are here illegally (also a crime). Our Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, may be taking the whole thing too far but at least he is on the right track. These people have committed a crime just by entering this country illegally. What rights do they have other than basic humanitarian rights that all people deserve? I do not have the answer to this issue. Hopefully somebody much smarter will come up with the right answer.

  2. I had also been against the death penalty until I read the recent book written about the crimes committed by Medellin and his cohorts. These individuals are animals. They are beyond rehabilitation, lack empathy and in my opinion should not even be wasting any more of the tax people’s dollar. Only O’Brien at his execution verbalized any remorse for the crime. The others have taken no responsibility and have shown no remorse. What about the true victims, those young innocent teenage girls who were accosted without cause, brutally raped, sodomized, beaten and strangled? Where is the justice for them? As a mother of two teenaged daughters my sympathy goes to the poor parents of Jennifer and Elizabeth. These individuals have had more time on earth than either one of their victims. Losing a child is something one never gets over. It is not supposed to be this way. We should not outlive our children

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