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Mexico Tries to Stop Execution:   A Mexican national who raped and murdered his 15-year-old cousin in 1997 is scheduled for execution tonight in Texas.  Bamini Chakraborty of Fox News reports that the government of Mexico has petitioned to stop the execution, arguing that an international treaty was violated when murderer Ruben Ramirez Cardenas was not allowed to contact the Mexican consulate after his arrest.  The Mexican government is not disputing that Cardenas raped and killed the girl, arguing only that by failing to have him consult with Mexican authorities prior to his trial, Texas prosecutors violated the "Vienna Convention on Consular Relations" rendering his conviction and sentence invalid.  When asked to comment, Rene Guerra, who prosecuted Cardenas said, "This guy deserves the death penalty."

Update:  As reported by Reuters, Cardenas was pronounced dead at 10:26 pm last night.  Also Florida double-murderer Patrick Hannon was executed last night. 

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“arguing that an international treaty was violated when murderer Ruben Ramirez Cardenas was not allowed to contact the Mexican consulate after his arrest.
The Mexican government is not disputing that Cardenas raped and
killed the girl
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Every lawyer on earth would probably disagree with me, but I assert that
technicalities of process should never be allowed to thwart justice.

If the two ever come to irreconcilable differences, it is the procedural
mistakes which must be jettisoned, not the execution of justice.

Is this not the spirit of the “harmless error” concept?

Due process ought be the servant of justice, not it’s master.

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