Medellin is Back: Texas Wins, President Bush and the ICJ Both “Lose”

by Julian Ku

The remanded Texas proceeding in Medellin v. Dretke, the original case invoking the ICJ’s recent decision in Avena interpreting the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, has been decided by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. I am still reading it but the upshot: The renewed petition by Medellin seeking relief under President Bush’s “memorandum” enforcing the ICJ’s judgment has been dismissed. More analysis coming soon!

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