With the long-postponed August 5 execution of
illegal alien Mexican Jose Medellin for the brutal
1993 gang-rape and murder of
two Houston girls, Jennifer Ertman, 14, and
Elizabeth Pena, 16, in 1993, a sense of relief has
passed throughout Texas and beyond.
Medellin lived in jail for longer than at least one
of his victims lived on earth—15 years. Too long, if you
justice delayed is justice denied.
only was Medellin a
depraved gangmember of the worst kind, he had become
a poster Mexican martyr—revealing much that is wrong
with the White House, where the
Mexichurian President took the side of the killer
against the families of the murdered girls. Bush
leaned hard on the Texas courts to consider the
objection of the
International Court of Justice—that Medellin`s
arrest did not include informing him of his right to
Mexican Consulate under the
Vienna Convention—yet another instance of his
energetic pursuit of the well-being of Mexicans to
the detriment of American citizens.
Bush`s meddling was a clear violation of the
separation of powers, one of the basic principles of
our system of government. As Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX, and a
remarked on CNN (Oct
10, 2007), "…under the separation of powers,
the president hasn`t—does not have any authority over
any court to tell them what to do. And the highest court
in Texas recently ruled, in all respect to the
president, that he has no jurisdiction in this matter at
Supreme Court agreed with Rep. Poe in March. It
ruled in a 6-3 vote that US State courts are bound
neither by the President`s whim nor the
dictates of European jurists. (Read
Chief Justice Roberts` majority opinion.)
Back in Bush`s pre-globalist days, when he was
Governor of Texas, he presided over the
execution of 152 inmates during six years. But as
President, he has acted more like a
Citizen of the World than Americans` #1 advocate,
which he has never been.
Texans, from Governor Rick Perry to average folk,
remained unimpressed throughout with the demands of the
World Court. As Sam Houston
remarked: "Texas has
yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from
what source it may."
Bush dispatched some Washington lawyers to convince
the stubborn Texans that the big picture of
international relations required an attitude adjustment.
“But Gov. Perry remains resolute. Spokesman Robert
Black admits the federal government has `a big sort of
dilemma` because the United States as a whole is
obligated to abide by
international treaty obligations, but individual
states are not.
“Still, `the governor isn`t feeling any pressure
on this simply because he is here to uphold the laws of
the state of Texas and not some foreign court in
Europe,` he said.
" `Two young girls were brutally
gang raped and murdered, and the governor is not
willing to say that any foreign national is going to get
any additional protection under the law than a Texas
citizen would,` Mr. Black said.” [Federal
officials try to block Texas execution to allow review
of case, By Diane Jennings, Dallas Morning
News, July 28, 2008]
The snooty scribblers at the Wall Street Journal
Texas Execution Gets Spotlight, By Ashby Jones,
August 1, 2008] typified the elite, international
"The Medellín case has
become about more than whether a Mexican national is
executed. To some, the case highlights the enduring
strength of the U.S.`s federalist system; that states do
not have to yield to interpretations of law made by
foreign courts. To others, the case represents a chance
for the U.S. to burnish its credibility in the
international community or, alternatively, to risk
the diminution of its citizens` rights overseas. To
others still, the case is a referendum on the death
The WSJ noted every aspect of the case but
one—that it was a crime of the most terrible violence
against two real victims, who are no longer alive.
Furthermore, had the Supreme Court not swatted down
the World Court busybodies and upheld American
sovereignty, the case would have been a new extreme for
globalist legal intrusion and a very bad precedent. As
Richard Samp of the
Washington Legal Foundation observed on
CNN August 4, "The World Court has never before
this case tried to interfere with an individual criminal
case going on within some country around the world, and
there`s no reason under United States law to make this
the first case."
The word should go out to
Mexico and other
permissive backwaters: if you sodomize and strangle
a girl in Texas—Medellin admitted killing one of the
girls with his shoelace—you will eventually face the
needle and be put down like a mad dog.
The Attorney General of Texas, Greg Abbott, issued a
media advisory July 29 to remind people of the grim
facts of the case:
"Subsequent boastful statements of Medellin and
other gang members revealed that what ensued was a
gang rape of both girls by the gang members. After
the assault, Medellin, Raul, Efrain, and Peter met at
Peter`s house where he lived with his brother and
sister-in-law, Joe and Christina Cantu, to brag about
their exploits. Christina noticed that Raul was bleeding
and that Efrain had blood on his shirt. She asked the
group what had occurred and Medellin responded that they
`had fun` and that their exploits would be seen on the
television news. Medellin was hyper, giggling, and
laughing. He boasted to Joe and Christina that the group
had met two girls and had sex with them. He also told
the couple that the two girls had been talking to them
and that he punched one of the girls because she had
started screaming after he grabbed her. "
One of the convicted killers,
Derrick O`Brien, [VDARE.com
here.] was executed in 2006. He at
least had the decency to make what sounded like a
sincere apology to the Ertman and Pena families.
"`I am sorry. I have
always been sorry,` O`Brien said as he lay on the
gurney, waiting for the lethal flow of drugs to begin.
`It is the worst mistake that I ever made in my whole
life. Not because I am here, but because of what I did.
I hurt a lot of people—you and my family.`” [O`Brien
executed for rape-murders, Houston Chronicle,
July 12, 2006]
Remorse for a heinous crime doesn`t help the
families, who can never be made whole. But at least we
in the public are reassured somehow that the recognition
of right and wrong has not been completely obliterated
in modern society, even in prison.
In comparison, see the remarks of a death-row
do-gooder in a letter to the editor (responding to an
Gov. Perry should halt this execution) in the
Dallas Morning News, August 3, 2008,
This man changed my mind:
"I have met José Medellín. I wrote him. I have run
death row ministry in Texas for years.
“He has never shown any remorse. He has proudly
confessed. I used to be opposed to the death penalty
until I met José.
“Where is your respect and sympathy for
the victims and their families? You have not even
mentioned the two girls this sick creep murdered, or
“José Medellín found it convenient to be a
Mexican citizen when he found out it could save him.
What a disgrace to all the good, honest, law-abiding
“Execute him already. The girls, along with their
families, deserve justice."
Michael Denson, founder,
Catholic Death Row Ministry, Frisco
That`s quite a reversal coming from someone dedicated
to ministering among prisoners.
And Denson was correct that the case had been dragged
out for far too long already. A Texas Department of
fact sheet reports that the average length of stay
prior to execution is 10.26 years. So Medellin
overstayed his welcome by half.
gentle Mexico (with its
#6 world ranking in murders per capita and general
failing state syndrome caused by criminal
drug cartels that act like armies), the official
disapproval of capital punishment. Particularly so
when members of its tribe are threatened with justice
for their brutal crimes in the United States.
However, in a huge
anti-crime march in Mexico City attended by a
quarter million unhappy citizens in 2004, many carried
banners demanding the death penalty. A 2007 AP-Ipsos
poll in Mexico found 71 percent supported life
termination as a punishment choice. Perhaps the
anti-execution viewpoint is an elite opinion only—and
one useful against the
At any rate, Mexicans need to hear the message that
American laws continue to rule in the United States
despite the objection to sovereignty from
internationalist one-worlders and
Raza Marxicans. That intent cannot be repeated often
final curtain for Medellin did not come down until
the usual last-minute appeal to the Supreme Court, which
slowed the wheels of justice for a few more hours.
But finally the execution was carried out—to the
still-grieving father Adolfo Pena who attended the
execution and remarked, "We feel relieved. Fifteen
years is a long time coming." (Mexican-born
inmate executed for deaths of 2 Houston teenagers,
KLTV, Tyler Texas)
“Randy Ertman, who lost his daughter in the
attack, said Medellin`s supporters were misguided.
There`s no argument with that sentiment. But it is a
hard-won wisdom—one that no parent should have to learn
in such a cruel way.
Brenda Walker (email
her) lives in Northern California and publishes
ImmigrationsHumanCost.org. Even though
Phil Sheridan said, "if I owned Hell and Texas, I
would rent out Texas and live in Hell”, she thinks
Texas looks pretty good right now.