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The FRCrP and the Vienna Convention

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The Supreme Court approved and forwarded to Congress amendments to the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.  The order is here.

Missing from the Court's version of the rules are amendments to Rules 5(d) and 58(b) approved by the Judicial Conference regarding consular notification for arrested aliens to comply with the Vienna Convention.  See the Judicial Conference's page with links to the committee report and proposed rules.

The consular notification issue is presently before Congress in S. 1194 (Leahy).  It is quite understandable that the Court did not wish to act through the rulemaking process while the issue is under active consideration in Congress.

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