Despite WH pleas, Mexican meets death penalty in TX

posted at 11:55 am on July 8, 2011 by Tina Korbe

In a case that might have implications for U.S.-Mexico relations, the safety of Americans abroad and even the 2012 presidential race, Mexican national Humberto Leal was executed last night — as previously scheduled — for the 1994 torture, rape and murder of a San Antonio teenager.

Leal was just a toddler when he and his family moved to the U.S. from Monterrey, Mexico, but his citizenship became a key element of his attorneys’ appeals. They said police never told him following his arrest that he could seek legal assistance from the Mexican government under an international treaty.

Mexico’s government, President Barack Obama’s administration and others wanted the Supreme Court to stay the execution to allow Congress time to consider legislation that would require court reviews for condemned foreign nationals who aren’t offered the help of their consulates. The high court rejected the request 5-4.

But questions remain over how Leal’s execution may affect relations between Mexico and the U.S. – and Texas, the country’s busiest death penalty state that shares a roughly 1,250-mile border with Mexico.

In his last words, Leal apologized to the victim’s family, admitting his actions for the first time, before shouting twice, “Viva Mexico!”

Prior to last night’s execution, some framed the question of whether Leal should or would face the death penalty as a showdown between President Barack Obama and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is considering a bid for president:

Perry, however, has shown no sign of backing down. And the case has thrust the conservative governor into the international spotlight as he weighs an entrance into the presidential race. That introduces politics into any decision he makes about Leal.

If he stays the execution, he runs the political risk of being called weak by conservatives. Allowing it to go forward, it could cast Perry as a staunch conservative who doesn’t give in to the demands of Washington and international pressure. But it also invites comparisons to former President George W. Bush, who was criticized for a go-it-alone approach on foreign policy.

But Perry was not the only person to think Leal’s execution should go forward. In its 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court majority expressed skepticism that Leal’s execution would have any grave international consequences. Furthermore, the Court said, “Our task is to rule on what the law is, not what the law might eventually be.” Similarly, Perry’s responsibility as governor of Texas is to execute Texas state law.

The belated timing of the administration’s attention to this case and Perry’s connection to it make it seem almost as though the president had political motivations for this sudden and public effort to shore up state compliance with international treaties. Hopefully, that thought will be dispelled by the administration’s ongoing commitment to the cause of consular reciprocity — which is, as Ed pointed out, an important one, for obvious reasons. If the president feels as strongly as his intervention in this case suggests, he can certainly continue to push for the passage of related legislation recently introduced by Vermont Democrat Sen. Patrick Leahy to prevent similar situations from arising in the future. That bill would require states to abide by the Vienna Convention, the international treaty that ensures consular access in these types of criminal cases involving foreign nationals.


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Why were we paying for foods and quantities that allowed him to get fat?

rogerb on July 8, 2011 at 1:11 PM

I would shape this point as: Elect a conservative and maybe we’ll get that 5-4 vote up to 6-3!

Jaibones on July 8, 2011 at 1:06 PM

please. The SCOTUS is not political \s

Wade on July 8, 2011 at 1:12 PM

By living in the United States illegally for his entire life, did he not de facto revoke his Mexico citizenship?

publiuspen on July 8, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Used to be that way. According to the 1917 Mexican Constitution, leaving Mexico without permission of the government not only revoked a person’s Mexican citizenship, but was also considered a crime. This was changed in the late 90′s (if memory serves me) when the Mexican government gave “amnesty” to all its former fence-jumpin’ citizens. Now Mexico recognizes “dual citizenship.” Of course, if a Mexican really wants to be an US citizen, he will have to pay the $600 bucks to get a green card, be registered, pay taxes, learn English, learn US history, and follow all those other pesky rules toward naturalization. And will, of course, have to renounce his Mexican loyalties. None of which will be required if the US grants “amnesty.”

itsacookbook on July 8, 2011 at 1:12 PM

No matter the hand-wringing in the LSM, (our very own San Antonio ABC affiliate included, pinko jerks that they are), there were almost NO demonstrators at the prison. A reporter from KSAT reported that there weren’t even the usual number of anti-death penalty types who show up in Huntsville any time an execution is scheduled. Much astonishment and grave expressions on the part of the anchors ensued at this revelation.

coppertop on July 8, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Viva Mexico?

Remember the Alamo

clnurnberg on July 8, 2011 at 1:13 PM

This isn’t the first time and it won’t be the last time.

Constitutionally speaking, this was an example of the people’s elected representatives doing the job they were elected to do. Obama intervened as the representative of the federal government’s international treaty and Perry as the State of Texas’ representative. And the 10th Amendment won. I hope every time a similar situation comes up the feds challenge Texas .. so we can keep putting these wins on the side of state’s rights in the Republic.

AZCoyote on July 8, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Absolutely right. They shouldn’t not have it both ways and hopefully each time they try and lose, the Republic becomes stronger.

Texas Gal on July 8, 2011 at 1:15 PM

The jobs that used to go the the kids are now being reserved for the illegals…
 
entagor on July 8, 2011 at 12:52 PM

 
And, sadly, people don’t understand that, until we put massive daily fines/enforcement into place, amnesty won’t do a thing about that. We’ll add millions to our doles and colleges and (D) voter base, but new and amnesty-ineligible illegals will step into the jobs the new citizens leave.
 
I can’t see an upside.

rogerb on July 8, 2011 at 1:16 PM

This POS has been here illegally since he was 2 years old.

Now when he does the jobs that Americans won’t do(raping and murdering children, the POS lawyers with ACLU etc want to give him time with the Mexican consulate. Screw them.

If you don’t want to be subject to the death penalty, don’t come to Texas. Stay in freaking Mexico, you turds.

txdoc on July 8, 2011 at 1:17 PM

The least we could do is sneak the body back into Mexico.

Uniblogger on July 8, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Why sneak it in? I think we ought to catapault it over that damn fence.

sdd on July 8, 2011 at 12:59 PM0

Hahahahahahahah! Visions of Monty Python skits dance in my head.

coppertop on July 8, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Lost in all this is the ridiculous notion that the Mexican Consulate would have been able to do anything for this cretin anyway. His case was one of the most clear cut death penalty cases in history. Would the prosecutor have declined to pursue the death penalty if asked nicely or something? This is friggin’ Texas!

stvnscott on July 8, 2011 at 1:22 PM

The only good illegal, murdering Mexican is a dead one. Just to celebrate the death of this one, I think I might even have Mexican food for lunch today, con una cerveza, of course.

Viva mi Tejas!

TXUS on July 8, 2011 at 1:24 PM

If you can stomach it go read what this guy did to that little girl, then tell me why this administration would lift a finger to help him. While that girl — who died alone (the only actual human being present) in extreme agony — rots in her grave, our president and his people expend the effort to intervene so that this…creature can continue to enjoy taxpayer-supplied food, shelter and health care. This legalistic treaty technicality mumbo jumbo is a convenient cover and not even worth jousting over in comments, let alone before the Supreme Court. If some American went to a foreign country and did this to some little girl I wouldn’t care what they did to him. This attempt to help this guy was done because the administration wanted to help him. Is this a vote-getting issue? You can’t rule that out at this point. What segment of the electorate is that sick? And who’s sicker, the voting rapist/killer/mutilator supporters or the WH political animals who make that calculation?

curved space on July 8, 2011 at 1:24 PM

In a case that might have implications for U.S.-Mexico relations

Right….and what might those implications be? We should flat out declare war on Mexico.

SCOTUS…as usual 5-4. Let me guess which were the 4 pukes that scratch the arse of the ACLU loons.

Twana on July 8, 2011 at 1:26 PM

For those of you, who favor the so-called DREAM act, consider this; here is a man who has been in the United States since he was a toddler. He is fully integrated into our society and culture then commits a unbelievably heinous crime. After much ado about keeping him alive in favor of diplomatic minutiae and years of using our legal system to keep him from his due punishment, Texas correctly executes this murderer. However, his last words after admitting guilt to his crimes are “Viva Mexico”! Now, does this finally put into perspective which country these people really hold allegiance to once and for all? While this man is facing his death, his last words are in favor of the country he was born in. Keep this in mind you fools who feel sorry for the illegals that want our rights to citizenship based only on the fact that they are here illegally! “Viva Mexico” indeed! Those of you who shout “Viva Mexico” I shout back “return from where you come from”!

JonR on July 8, 2011 at 1:28 PM

I really don’t understand why the Obama administration picked this one: it was a bad case to draw a line about. The crime was particularly heinous and no one, not even Leal’s consular appointed appeals attorneys claimed he didn’t do it… not until these last sound bite moments, that is. Perhaps it was to deflect attention from Fast and Furious, or something else they were afraid would come up, or to embarrass Perry (which I’ve mentioned before). Perhaps it is a step they (Obama’s WH and Hillary’s State Department) were pre-programmed to take in order to make the US subject to International Law.

There have been demonstrations in Mexico about Fast and Furious, btw.

itsacookbook on July 8, 2011 at 1:29 PM

The least we could do is sneak the body back into Mexico.

Uniblogger on July 8, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Personally, I prefer mounting his head on a spike and displaying it at the border with a sign that reads in Spanish, “This is US territory. Enter at your own risk.”

CJ on July 8, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Barry is so concerned about a murderer. Perhaps he’ll now direct Holder to get off his dead ass and find out who was responsible for “Gunrunner”.

Hahahahahahaha!

Freaking hypocrite!

GarandFan on July 8, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Adiablo tu pinche pendejo!

Y viva los Tejanos!

esnap on July 8, 2011 at 1:36 PM

4 LIBERAL Supreme Court Justices, including all 3 women on the court, sided with a foreign government’s reach into our sovereign state, trying to put Mexican law above Texas law, disregarding that a helpless female victim was murdered by this ILLEGAL alien.

Bravo!! You have to wonder what the hell goes through the minds of these 3 twits, commies and socialists. When it comes to crime…these dodo birds always line up on the wrong side.

They should have their rotten NOW membership cancelled.

Twana on July 8, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Leal is room temperature.

Obama is snubbed yet again.

Cue Nelson Muntz:

“HA, HA!”

trapeze on July 8, 2011 at 1:38 PM

This was nothing but feigned outrage drummed up by those who oppose capital punishment. Leal is not the first person executed since they got the bright idea to argue the Vienna Convention. Nor was he the first since Medellin was decided. It’s just the usual B.S. by the thuglovers.

Blake on July 8, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Now if we can only speed up that “express lane” ole Ron White keeps talking about……..

REMEMBER the ALAMO!!!

Katfish on July 8, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Lethal injection should only be used when a perp has plea bargained down from old sparky for turning evidence that leads to a conviction of an accomplice.

You tell us who ya get your dope from and will give ya LI instead frying you alive.

Call it lethal inducement instead of injection.

esnap on July 8, 2011 at 1:43 PM

But–but–he could have been the next POTUS or something! /

RDE2010 on July 8, 2011 at 1:47 PM

He gang raped, brutalized, murdered and desecrated the body of a 16-year-old girl.
He sat on death row for 16+ years, at the expense of Texans, only admitting his guilt at his execution.
His crime deserved the death penalty, and that’s what he received…eventually.

But-but what about US-Mexico relations?

I daresay the majority of Mexican people would say: “He do zat to mee daughter I do worse to him, man.”

Texas, the country’s busiest death penalty state

Texas, our Texas, all hail the mighty state
Texas, our Texas, so wonderful, so great.

Lone Star on July 8, 2011 at 1:53 PM

The least we could do is sneak the body back into Mexico.

Uniblogger on July 8, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Why sneak it in? I think we ought to catapault it over that damn fence.

sdd on July 8, 2011 at 12:59 PM0

WHAT FENCE???!!!

Joey1974 on July 8, 2011 at 1:56 PM

Why sneak it in? I think we ought to catapault it over that damn fence.

sdd on July 8, 2011 at 12:59 PM

That presumes the presence of a fence. Otherwise, carry on.

JonR on July 8, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Damn straight.

TexasDan on July 8, 2011 at 1:58 PM

Constitutionally speaking, this was an example of the people’s elected representatives doing the job they were elected to do. Obama intervened as the representative of the federal government’s international treaty and Perry as the State of Texas’ representative. And the 10th Amendment won.

Kudos to Gov. Perry. No State is required to abide by a treaty which has not been ratified by the U.S. Senate, so the State of Texas did not violate Leal’s “consular rights” because the treaty was not in force at the time of Leal’s arrest. To “stay” Leal’s execution so that Congress could pass a law requiring foreign felons to have “consular rights” would be an “ex post facto law”, which is expressly forbidden by the U. S. Constitution.

Politically, this decision will probably help Perry more than hurt him. It will probably NOT hurt him among Hispanic voters, because the victim of Leal’s crime was a legal Hispanic citizen–doesn’t she deserve protection and justice? It may hurt Perry among opponents of the death penalty, but most of them vote Democrat anyway.

This decision will probably HELP Perry among voters who favor states’ rights, giving them the impression that a President Perry would not trample states’ rights as President Obama has tried. Perry also has the backing of SCOTUS in his decision. He would also gain support among voters who support better immigration enforcement, and those who want to require naturalization for children of illegal immigrants. If Leal had been deported, he would not have committed his crime in Texas–if he had been naturalized as a U.S. citizen, he would not have “consular rights” in Mexico in a criminal trial.

Steve Z on July 8, 2011 at 2:04 PM

Only about 12 million more to go!!! DOH! Guess there goes my chance at ever running for president!

wirebitersmith on July 8, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Noticed that articles on the execution all call the deceased a “Mexican”? Any other article about any other illegal alien and topic would call him an ‘undocumented worker’. Why the sudden plain language?

slickwillie2001 on July 8, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Lone Star on July 8, 2011 at 1:53 PM

By desecrate the body, I assume you are referring to the stick with the nail on the end. Unfortunately, she was still alive when he did that to her.

Also, note in the end he admitted his crime. So much for the b.s. meme that he was innocent. Also, the MFM never gives you all the facts. Her bloody blouse was found hidden in his home.

Blake on July 8, 2011 at 2:25 PM

I think the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole issues stays. Perry has no say in their decision.

derft on July 8, 2011 at 2:25 PM

Also, the MFM never gives you all the facts. Her bloody blouse was found hidden in his home.

Blake on July 8, 2011 at 2:25 PM

I was trying to find out at what point did law enforcement find out he was a Mexican national… still haven’t discovered that…so I read through a lot of trial information. No, the “MFM” doesn’t give all the facts. That poor girl died a horrible, horrible death. I pray the Good Lord sends her mother and father some manner of comfort.

itsacookbook on July 8, 2011 at 2:35 PM

Shrink-wrapping the carcass and launching it over the border with a trebuchet would have some entertainment value.

trigon on July 8, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Putting his head on a pike at the border would be even more entertaining.

katy the mean old lady on July 8, 2011 at 2:45 PM

During his trial, Mexican national Humberto Leal was not denied access to the Mexican Consulate. No one prevented Leal from access to the Mexican Consulate. He was not provided access because he and his defense never insisted on access, perhaps because when sought, the Mexican Consulate refused to respond. It wasn’t the duty of the Texas State or US Justice system to perform the job of the Mexican Consulate. During his highly publicized headlined court case, the Mexican Consulate never attempted to make contact with Humberto Leal directly or through his defense attorney. They knew of his trial and couldn’t care less until the ACLU and bleeding heart criminal sympathizers made a public scene. Once found guilty and sentenced, and the ACLU got involved, attempts for his retrial also went through the State’s entire legal process, unsuccessfully for the guilty man, successfully for the people of Texas who deserve to be protected from rapists and murderers, whether or not from Mexico. The convicted Leal certainly made contact with full access to the Mexican Consulate but without gaining his desired acquittal.

maverick muse on July 8, 2011 at 2:50 PM

This happened in 1994. I imagine that he was appointed counsel and he either told his atty or the atty interviewed the family and they told him. Notifying his consul is just an empty gesture. They do not do hire attys for defendants and they have no say as to who is appointed to represent a defendant by the court. This atty, Babcock, is paid by our government – not the Mexican government.

Blake on July 8, 2011 at 2:52 PM

This clears up a few things:

Humberto Leal’s defense attorney, Sandra L. Babcock, of the terrorist-sheltering law school at Northwestern University, has an interesting vitae. Ms. Babcock’s research interest is imposing international law on the American justice system, a hobby she practices with her colleague, terrorist-cum-law-professor Bernadine Dohrn. …

itsacookbook on July 8, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Awwwwwwwww… The UN is very upset about this upstanding citizen of the world losing his miserable life. Somehow I doubt Texas is going to recognize anything coming out of the International Court of Justice…

stvnscott on July 8, 2011 at 3:01 PM

San Antonio native and Harvard Law grad Dan Morales was the TX Attorney General, along with Democrat Gov. Ann Richards during this 1994 Leal case.

There’s no sense arguing that Leal wasn’t given every opportunity for a full defense.

Given the entire record, playing Obama’s apologist as if being thoughtful and considerate is as foolish a role as a person can choose.

maverick muse on July 8, 2011 at 3:02 PM

am I the only one who wonders why the administration thinks police asking a person who is suspected of another crime if they are a legal citizen is racial profiling also thinks a person who was convicted and sentenced should have been told they could have consulted the consulate. wouldn’t that mean they would have to be asked if they were a citizen of another country?

CaptainObvious on July 8, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Another example of “there are no losers” PC mentality thwarted by the wheels of justice, despite Obama’s efforts to own the courts.

maverick muse on July 8, 2011 at 3:06 PM

There’s no sense arguing that Leal wasn’t given every opportunity for a full defense….

maverick muse on July 8, 2011 at 3:02 PM

And 45 appeals. How’s that for “review?”

itsacookbook on July 8, 2011 at 3:11 PM

By desecrate the body, I assume you are referring to the stick with the nail on the end. Unfortunately, she was still alive when he did that to her.

Blake on July 8, 2011 at 2:25 PM

Right you are. By “desecrated her body” I was referring to his leaving her body in the street, stripped naked, presumably bloody, with the stick still in her. It may have been an over-statement to call it “desecration”, but I was thinking of how it must have affected the parents to learn of the condition in which their daughter was found.

Lone Star on July 8, 2011 at 3:14 PM

rogerb on July 8, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Hear, hear!

This sack of crap received the justice he earned. Next!

Claypigeon on July 8, 2011 at 3:15 PM

There’s no sense arguing that Leal wasn’t given every opportunity for a full defense….

maverick muse on July 8, 2011 at 3:02 PM

And 45 appeals. How’s that for “review?”

itsacookbook on July 8, 2011 at 3:11 PM

45 appeals — insanity being attempting the same failure with expectation of success — after the first appeal, given no new evidence, the appeals become the equivalent of frivolous lawsuits, certainly wasting tax dollars and court time.

maverick muse on July 8, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Obama acted stupidly.

maverick muse on July 8, 2011 at 3:17 PM

Why wouldn’t this guy have been a U.S. citizen based on amnesty granted President Reagan in 1986?

Cindy Munford on July 8, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Now there is a political message I can get behind. “You come here and rape and murder our children and will do the same to you. Regardless of race, religion or political affiliation.”

Paleoconservatarian on July 8, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Now if we can only speed up that “express lane” ole Ron White keeps talking about……..

REMEMBER the ALAMO!!!

Katfish on July 8, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Forgive me if I’m repeating someone, but didn’t Ron also say “If you come to Texas and kill somebody, we will kill you back”?

Extrafishy on July 8, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Obama, in his capacity as President, could have pardoned or commuted the sentence in this case. His not doing so gives him room to act like he wanted to do something to save the murderer without actually doing so.

As a father with two girls about the age of the murder victim, Obama shows his spine of cooked spaghetti once again by saying something that appeals to his base without actually accomplishing anything.

HeywoodUBuzzoff on July 8, 2011 at 4:04 PM

Why wouldn’t this guy have been a U.S. citizen based on amnesty granted President Reagan in 1986?

Cindy Munford on July 8, 2011 at 3:31 PM

I think you had to register for that. I read that his father was abusive and his mother couldn’t speak English. My guess is his parents didn’t want to come out of the shadows and since he was still a minor, they didn’t let him, either. But, then again, there’s that “Viva Mexico” thing, too.

itsacookbook on July 8, 2011 at 4:12 PM

and even liberals seem to want the death penalty for casey anthony (despite the lack of evidence)to the point of swooning and attacks of the vapors on air. but this piece of filth, convicted bang to rights with evidence, evokes such torrid out pourings of media and political indignation.

in both cases the victim is completely negated by the press and in the public imagination. if this were not so, no one would be offering casey anthony piles of money. how is the marketplace ‘ working’ in such a case? working to reward depravity and criminality with which there is endless fascination. if we really cared about children as we claim to, this would not be so.in a sane world, casey anthony would be donning a wig and scuttling toward the mexican border, hidden in the trunk of a car. in a sane world, our president wouldn’t be demanding that more humberto leals be declared instant americans, lathered with bennies, and, when they rape and kill our daughters, reverted to the citizenship of another country to evade and subvert our laws.

which came first- the irrational, hysterical liberal mind set that negates the value of a human life- except the precious life of the most vicious criminal offender of course- if it can’t be used and manipulated to some abstracted political purpose or the deification of the narcissistic sociopath offender? how many mass graves must be found in mexico before it is recognized as a lawless state which is continually involving itself with the affairs of our sovereign nation , aided and abetted by our own liberal politicians. isn’t that treason?

right now the european court is fighting to make the sentence of life without parole declared a human rights violation so it can be done away with . one wonders if this might also be the inclination of our own european-style judges on the supreme court.so if your daughter is brutally raped and murdered, it’s some how not quite as cruel and unusual as even life in prison for the serial rapist and murderer. if that’s the world you want to live in- vote obama 2012.

mittens on July 8, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Ah, gee slickwillie, Bill Ayers is just some guy Bammie saw at PTA meetings. /s

itsacookbook on July 8, 2011 at 4:15 PM

In a case that might have implications for U.S.-Mexico relations…

LOL

Oh, so Mexico isn’t going to cooperate with us anymore on our oh so successful efforts to block illegal immigration and drug trafficking?

Wow, we really screwed the pooch on this one, eh?/

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 8, 2011 at 4:16 PM

Given the involvement of the Dohrn/Ayers crowd, I have to wonder if Humberto Leal was born in the USA, and the Mexican birth has simply been invented by his defense team to create another option in keeping him breathing.

slickwillie2001 on July 8, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Good riddance to bad rubbish.
As for the express lane…
NEXT!

MITX on July 8, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Lethal injection was too humane. They should have killed him the way he killed the girl.

Schadenfreude on July 8, 2011 at 4:38 PM

It will probably NOT hurt him among Hispanic voters, because the victim of Leal’s crime was a legal Hispanic citizen–doesn’t she deserve protection and justice?
Steve Z on July 8, 2011 at 2:04 PM

Trash is trash and they recognize it too.

Why wouldn’t this guy have been a U.S. citizen based on amnesty granted President Reagan in 1986?

Cindy Munford on July 8, 2011 at 3:31 PM

It was a naturalization process that one had to apply and qualify for. Perhaps they would not qualify and therefore did not pursue the process. Just because an illegal was in our country at the time of Reagan’s ‘amnesty’ didn’t mean they were automatically a citizen.

Texas Gal on July 8, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Given the involvement of the Dohrn/Ayers crowd, I have to wonder if Humberto Leal was born in the USA, and the Mexican birth has simply been invented by his defense team to create another option in keeping him breathing.

slickwillie2001 on July 8, 2011 at 4:26 PM

I demand to see the birth certificate.

And if I were Mexican, I’d be pretty offended that his last words were Viva Mexico. Talk about a scoundrel wrapping himself up in the flag!

CJ on July 8, 2011 at 5:09 PM

This idiot lived in the USA for all but two years of his life, more than likely, accessing the freedoms that come with being a citizen of the United States, but after he screws up and MURDERS someone, he wants to claim he is from mexico, talk to that countries legal eagles, etc…In other words, he had nothing but contempt for a country that sheltered him for his entire life.
Sorry, but murder is murder. I’ll wager that it is also illegal in mexico to take someones life. At least he had a better prison life in the USA than he would of had in mexico.
Good riddance!

p51d007 on July 8, 2011 at 5:17 PM

As a matter of fact. When you hear the pro-amnesty crowd say that we are a nation of immigrants, they neglect to also say that from the very beginning of the founding of the United States of America, all immigrants coming here had to apply and qualify for the naturalization process to become a citizen with whatever rights were granted to which every demographic group at the time of their naturalization. Just coming here even before the creation of a department of immigration, you had to apply and qualify to become a citizen. It’s interesting also that you had to have a US issued passport to travel thru Indian territory between the western boundary of the colonies and Louisiana before it became America.

Texas Gal on July 8, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Obama, in his capacity as President, could have pardoned or commuted the sentence in this case. His not doing so gives him room to act like he wanted to do something to save the murderer without actually doing so.

The president only has power to pardon or commute in federal cases. This was a state case so Obama was powerless to do anything…thank God and the US Constitution. There’s one power the states have managed to keep the long arm of the federal government out of…so far.

sdd on July 8, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Viva La Texas!!

Dollayo on July 8, 2011 at 6:04 PM

So Obama and his gang think executing a Mexican murderer of a US citizen is going to cause blow back from our “friends” south of the border but Obama didn’t think allowing machine guns to go to Mexican drug cartels from the US that are used to kill Mexican citizens was a good idea?
Next thing you know Obama will think the best way to create jobs is to increase taxes on the private sector.

chickasaw42 on July 8, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Dead Mexicans didn’t seem to be all that important to some of this administration’s decision-makers when they facilitated the transfer of thousands of weapons across our southern border knowing full well that many of them would likely end up in the hands of some of the cruelest cold-blooded murderers (and literal butchers of human flesh) on the planet.

This administration is beyond failed; it is a malignant cancer coursing throughout the lifeblood of our society.

hillbillyjim on July 8, 2011 at 6:42 PM

Awwwwwwwww… The UN is very upset about this upstanding citizen of the world losing his miserable life. Somehow I doubt Texas is going to recognize anything coming out of the International Court of Justice…

stvnscott on July 8, 2011 at 3:01 PM

The DUmmies are really upset too.

the 5 supremos just blatantly ignored what the constitution calls the “supreme law of the land” for the sake of getting their rocks off. it’s one thing for these murderous jerks to insist on carrying out executions when prodedure has been followed even though we now think the guy is innocent; it’s another thing for these murderous jerks to insist on carrying out executions when procedure has NOT been followed. basically, it seems any chance the get to snuff someone, they take it.

Angry little tyke, eh what?

Del Dolemonte on July 8, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Will the guy be buried in Arlington next to Ted Kennedy?

MaiDee on July 8, 2011 at 6:45 PM

Way to go Gov. Perry.

This

Slowburn on July 8, 2011 at 6:48 PM

She was 16 and he was about 24 when he killed her.
He beat and raped her and then took a stick with a screw in it to her to try to hide his DNA.
As she lay writhing from that he took a 30 lb piece of asphalt and crushed her head……..Real nice specimen to advance treaty alliances on, eh?

DanMan on July 8, 2011 at 12:34 PM

He was just here to commit the heinous crimes Americans won’t do.

infidel4life on July 8, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Hey Mr. Pres,
Don’t Mess with Texas!!
They are NOT going to listen to you.

mmcnamer1 on July 8, 2011 at 8:06 PM

itsacookbook on July 8, 2011 at 4:12 PM Texas Gal on July 8, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Thanks for the clarification.

Cindy Munford on July 8, 2011 at 8:09 PM

This Mexican and his team of lawyers had 17 years to consult with the Mexican consulate. After losing appeal after appeal, I think they kept this on the back burner to turn to when they ran out of other options. It just didn’t work for them…..thank goodness. All the consulate would do anyway is insure he had adequate counsel, which he did.

ILUVTX on July 8, 2011 at 8:16 PM

No where in any of these stories does it mention that he beat and raped another young girl shortly before this incident, although he did not kill that one. He was a serial rapist.

ILUVTX on July 8, 2011 at 8:18 PM

Citizenship aside, if he had made his self-incriminating statements while in custody, he would have been subject to Miranda. As his were “non-custodial,” application of the Vienna Treaty protections would have given him more rights than U.S. citizens. So the argument for forcing Vienna on the states is what, exactly?

Barnestormer on July 8, 2011 at 8:31 PM

His last words, as copied from the TDCJ website.

“I am sorry for everything that I have done. I’ve hurt a lot of people. For years I have never thought that I deserved any type of forgiveness. Lord Jesus Christ in my life, I know He has forgiven me, I have accepted His forgiveness. I have accepted everything. Let this be final and be done. I take the full blame for this. I am sorry and forgive me. I am truly sorry. I ask for forgiveness. Life goes on and it surely does.

I am sorry for the victim’s family for what I had did. May they forgive me. I don’t know if you believe me, life goes on. I am sure it does. To the man to the right of me, I ask for forgiveness for you. Life goes on, it surely does. I ask for forgiveness. I am truly sorry. That is all. Let’s get this show on the road. One more thing, Viva Mexico, Viva Mexico. “

IMO, The show took too damn long to get on the road. And one more thing, YeeeeeHaaaaaw, and YipeeeeKaaayay MF’r. Don’t mess with Texas!

brewser on July 8, 2011 at 10:24 PM

Gosh, I hope they used a sterile needle and cleaned the injection site before putting him to death cause’ I’d hate to have Mexico, the ACLU, the liberal left and the UN mad at us!!

Liberty or Death on July 9, 2011 at 12:18 AM

One less vote for Obama in 2012!!!!

MaiDee on July 9, 2011 at 1:17 AM

Good riddance. NEXT!

tx2654 on July 9, 2011 at 3:26 AM

One less vote for Obama in 2012!!!!

MaiDee on July 9, 2011 at 1:17 AM

I dunno…illegal and dead. I think that actually becomes two Obama votes in Cook County.

soundingboard on July 9, 2011 at 4:59 AM

The Obama Administration has to something to make amends for providing weapons to drug lords which killed 150 Mexican policemen (and possibly countless civilians) plus Americans.

davod on July 9, 2011 at 7:15 AM

Adios M-F’er. GFR.

Big John on July 9, 2011 at 8:06 AM

In Geneva, the U.N.’s top human rights official said Leal’s execution amounted to a breach of international law by the U.S.

Murdering US Citizens is a breach of our law. Unlike the UN, we try to protect the innocent.

hawkdriver on July 9, 2011 at 8:11 AM

It looks like a “wise Latina” on the SCOTUS voted to stay the execution of this piece of execrable garbage who received exactly what he deserved. only it was way too late – he should have been executed a long time back

It is sick to realize that the US and European justice system is designed to give as many chances as possible to give criminals like this scumbag escape the consequences of their crime – what exactly prolonged his execution date?

45 “Reviews” ! What a sick joke.

nagee76 on July 9, 2011 at 11:26 AM

300K times 200 hours divided by 50 hours equals 1.2 million illegals gone every year on dropping one stupid program.

The next time you hear that “We can toss out 11 million people!” look at the wiretap thread, infra. They do about 300,000 wiretaps with about 100 to 200 hours of listening pleasure, guaranteed. It takes 50 to process an illegal, which most forces claim they have no time to do, even if the illegal is turned over to them. Doing the math, we could process 1.2 million illegals a year. Gee, that looks like a start to me.

Now if you want the illegals to stay for the Democrat votes and ignore the law on the books, I am fine with that. Just don’t do the impotent line with me.

I think we should also let in all the people who played by the rules and waited in line. Just like those who kept saving for a house they could afford. MSNBC can’t see The Forgotten Man.

IlikedAUH2O on July 9, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Correct to “We can’t toss out 11 million people!.

Sorry.

IlikedAUH2O on July 9, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Predictable

BallisticBob on July 9, 2011 at 6:16 PM

I usually get a kick out of the photos and funny captions on the HA home page…but this monster’s face just turns my stomach. Knowing that his was the last face his victim(s) had to see makes it even worse. The blue dot would be a good thing to use here. The death penalty was also a good thing to use.

redwhiteblue on July 9, 2011 at 10:51 PM

Adios, MoFo!

kg598301 on July 12, 2011 at 2:35 PM

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