“The Obama administration, adopting a similar stance to the one taken by President George W Bush’s, believes executing Leal could endanger Americans abroad who are also entitled to consular assistance under the Vienna Convention.
“This case implicates United States foreign-policy interests of the highest order,” said Donald Verrilli, Mr Obama’s Solicitor General in an amicus brief filed in the Supreme Court case.
“The imminent execution of petitioner would place the United States in irreparable breach of its international law obligation.”
Executing him, he said, “would have serious repercussions for United States foreign relations, law enforcement and other co-operation with Mexico, and the ability of American citizens travelling abroad to have the benefits of consular assistance in the event of detention”.
Interesting to read about my state from a British point of view.
Also, not sure what I think of this case. Interested in others’ thoughts.