The Houston Chronicle has pretty interesting article about the Texas execution of Jose Medellin for the rape and murder of two girls in Texas in 1993. Most of Mexico right now is focused on the kidnapping of 14-year-old Fernando Marti, so much so that the execution was almost a distraction, while in Europe and in the International Court of something or another there have been demands that the US halt the execution and review the case. (For those who are wondering why, when you are arrested in a foreign country you are supposed to be allowed to talk with the embassy/consulate, an option which Mr. Medellin was apparently not given. Of course the Embassy folks can’t do much more than basically say ‘you’ve been very very bad and don’t bend over to pick up the soap’ but it’s the principle of the thing).
Crime in Mexico is not getting much better, so much so that advocates for the death penalty in Mexico are starting to get their voice. Of course that would mean the death sentence would be handed out by the pearly clean and non-corrupt Mexican judiciary. Maybe not.
Bonus: Is Mexico a “failed state” ? Read for yourself.]]>