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Mexican national faces execution

August 04, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

The state is set to defy the World Court and anger Mexico by executing a Mexican national who was not informed of his right to consular services after his arrest.

Jose Medellin received a death sentence for the 1993 rape and murder of 16-year-old Elizabeth Pena in Houston.

The World Court last month ordered the U.S. to "take all measures necessary" to halt the execution of five Mexicans until it makes a final judgment in the dispute. Medellin is the first of those scheduled to die.

Alison Castle, a spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Perry, said he would probably make his decision Tuesday. "The World Court has no jurisdiction here in Texas," she said.

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