January 25, 2014
by Matthew Pomy
On Wednesday, Texas executed a Mexican national who was convicted of murdering a police officer in 1994. Controversy grew after the arrest because Edgar Arias Tamayo was not notified of his rights under Vienna Convention on Consular Relations to notify Mexican diplomats of the arrest. Because of ...[read more]
September 24, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On September 24, 2007, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that foreign prisoners do not have a cause of action under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations if police do not inform the inmate of their right under the treaty to contact their home country embassy following ...[read more]
July 9, 2011
by Andrea Bottorff
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Friday criticized the US execution of Mexican national Humberto Leal Garcia a day earlier, saying that the sentence violated international law. Pillay said that the US denied consular access to Leal Garcia, which was his right under Article 36 ...[read more]
July 1, 2011
by Julia Zebley
Officials from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) appealed to Texas Governor Rick Perry Friday to stop the execution of Mexican national Humberto Leal Garcia, alleging he did not receive a fair trial. When Leal Garcia was arrested for the rape and murder of a 16-year- ...[read more]
January 21, 2008
by Andrew Wood
Alex Neve: Over the past week there has been reason to both commend and chastise Canada for the approach it takes to assessing where torture is likely to occur. In the midst of court action launched by Amnesty International Canada and the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, challeng... ...[read more]
September 25, 2007
by Brett Murphy
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Monday that foreign prisoners do not have a cause of action under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations if police do not inform the inmate of their right under the treaty to call the inmate's home country embassy following arrest. Finding... ...[read more]
June 28, 2006
by Tom Henry
Sanchez-Llamas v. Oregon and Bustillo v. Johnson, Supreme Court of the United States, June 28, 2006. Read the Court's majority opinion per Chief Justice Roberts, along with a concurrence in the judgment from Justice Ginsburg, and a dissent from Justice Breyer, who was joined in full by Justices... ...[read more]
June 28, 2006
by Jeannie Shawl
The US Supreme Court on Wednesday held in the consolidated cases of Sanchez-Llamas v. Oregon and Bustillo v. Johnson that suppression of statements given to the police is not an appropriate remedy when police fail to inform foreign nationals of their right to have their consulates notified of ...[read more]
March 29, 2006
by Christopher G. Anderson
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in Bustillo v. Johnson and Sanchez-Llamas v. Oregon, a pair of consolidated cases that could expand the Miranda rights of foreign nationals. The cases involve two convicted foreign nationals- a Honduran and a Mexican- who claim their arresting... ...[read more]
November 7, 2005
by Tom Henry
In addition to considering the Hamdan v. Rumsfeld case involving Guantanamo tribunals, the US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in three other cases. In Bustillo v. Johnson, the Court will consider the appeal of Honduran national Mario Bustillo who was convicted of killing a Virginia ...[read more]

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