Murderer Medellin Executed At Last—No Thanks To Bush Administration

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
believe that
justice delayed is justice denied.

Not
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
and worked

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
contact the

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
former judge)

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
all."

The

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
self-important

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.
No deal.

“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
[Looming
Texas Execution Gets Spotlight
, By Ashby Jones,
August 1, 2008] typified the elite, international
relations view:

"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
penalty. "

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
brutal
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
note: Picture

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
editorial,

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
a

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
their families.

“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
Mexicans.

“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
Criminal Justice

fact sheet
reports that the average length of stay
prior to execution is 10.26 years. So Medellin
overstayed his welcome by half.

Meanwhile in

gentle Mexico
(with its

#6 world ranking
in murders per capita and general
uptick in

failing state syndrome
caused by criminal

drug cartels
that act like armies), the official
view is

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

hated Americans
.

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
enough.

The

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
satisfaction of

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)

The other father, Randy Ertman, has

never minced words
about the case, the politics
slowing justice or his opinion of Mexico (Texas
executes Mexican-born killer
, Google AP, August
5, 2008).

“Randy Ertman, who lost his daughter in the
attack, said Medellin`s supporters were misguided.

" `Mexico has a big yard down there full of

filth
and

murders and gangs
and

drug cartels
and they`re not mentioning anything
about that,` he said. `There`s where they need to start
their work.`"

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
two websites,

LimitsToGrowth.org
and

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.