Claims of Presidential Power Rejected in Medellin v. Texas (06-984)

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday (March 26) in a sweeping rejection of powers in the presidency ruled that neither the World Court nor President Bush can interfere with Texas regarding that states’ enforcement of its own criminal laws. The justices in their 6-3 decision, Medellin v. Texas (06-984), ruled that neither an opinion by the World Court nor a directive from the President amounts to “enforceable federal law” that requires compliance by the State of Texas.

See Medellin v. Texas here

Sources for this posting:

Mauro, Tony. “High Court Backs Texas in Dispute With Bush Over Mexican in Death Row,” New York Law Journal (March 26, 2008).

Berman, Douglas A. ” ‘States Win Over President in Criminal Law Issue,’ In Medellin”. Sentencing Law and Policy Blog. (Posted March 25, 2008).

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