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Should this man be executed?

According to court documents, the 16-year-old victim, Adrea Sauceda, was found naked when authorities discovered her body in May 1994.
"There was a 30- to 40-pound asphalt rock roughly twice the size of the victim's skull lying partially on the victim's left arm," court documents read. "Blood was underneath this rock. A smaller rock with blood on it was located near the victim's right thigh. There was a gaping hole from the corner of the victim's right eye extending to the center of her head from which blood was oozing. The victim's head was splattered with blood."
A "bloody and broken" stick roughly 15 inches long with a screw at the end of it was also protruding from the girl's vagina, according to the documents.
Critics say Leal, who was raised in the U.S. since he was 2 years old, was never given the option and, in turn, watched a jury take 45 minutes to find him guilty of raping and murdering Sauceda. Although evidence against Leal was strong, critics say he incriminated himself and had other legal difficulties.
“If Texas were to proceed with the scheduled execution of Mr. Leal ... there could be no dispute that that execution would be unlawful -- specifically, in violation of treaty commitments validly made by the United States through constitutionally prescribed processes," Sandra Babcock, a Northwestern University law professor who is one of Leal's attorneys, said last week in her appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Last Friday, the Obama administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stop Texas from executing Leal, asking the court to delay the execution for up to six months to give Congress time to consider legislation that would enforce the U.N. treaty.
Congress reportedly had three years to pass the bill but did not. Hence, it is impossible to pass a bill that would spare Leal unless a stay is ordered.
One other possible way Leal may avoid the execution is if Texas Gov. Rick Perry grants a 30-day stay. However, a spokeswoman from his office said he has yet to make a decision on the case.
Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton say if Texas disregards the treaty, it may have consequences for American citizens arrested abroad.
But the state of Texas appears to bristle at the idea of a foreign body affecting judgments in the state, even though President George W. Bush endorsed the U.N. ruling.
“Texas is not bound by a foreign court’s ruling,” Katherine Cesinger, press secretary for Gov. Perry's office, said in a statement. “The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that the treaty was not binding on the states and that the president does not have the authority to order states to review cases of the then 51 foreign nationals on death row in the U.S.”
For 16 years, Leal has exercised his right to file appeals and motions so extensively, one judge in federal district court called his case “one of the most procedurally convoluted and complex habeas corpus proceedings” he ever reviewed.

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:20 AM on Jul. 7, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • “The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that the treaty was not binding on the states and that the president does not have the authority to order states to review cases of the then 51 foreign nationals on death row in the U.S.”


    Yes, he should be executed.


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 10:24 AM on Jul. 7, 2011

  • Screw execution...why not let that girl's father take care of it and save the burden on the legal system. Why risk breaking a treaty, right? Jesus.

    Answer by Mom-2-3-Girlz at 10:25 AM on Jul. 7, 2011

  • So am I reading this right? Obama doesn't want him executed because this guy has had the privilege of living here in America for nearly all of his life but his wasn't born here? This sicko deserves whatever jailhouse justice he gets.


    Answer by scout_mom at 10:25 AM on Jul. 7, 2011

  • Yes he should.

    Answer by pookiekins34 at 10:25 AM on Jul. 7, 2011

  • No, but then again I do NOT believe in the death penalty for any reason. 2 wrongs don't make a right.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 10:30 AM on Jul. 7, 2011

  • I believe that not doing so flies in the face of those jurors that had to sit through a trial and see and consider the evidence in the case. His crime was heinous and the victim has no retribution. This criminal has had ample time to file an appeal.  The sentence handed to him by a jury of his peers is what he deserves and they have clearly spoken. 


    Answer by QuinnMae at 10:48 AM on Jul. 7, 2011

  • I don't believe in the Death Penalty either. Life in prison,maybe isolated,solitary confinement would be appropriate,I think.
    But did we HAVE to read all the details of her death? That was inappropriate, disturbing if anyone did want to read the details.

    Answer by minnesotanice at 10:55 AM on Jul. 7, 2011

  • Yes, the details are important in any case.

    Answer by QuinnMae at 10:57 AM on Jul. 7, 2011

  • Break put "ol' sparky" for him! Hr deserves to be sent to his final judgement. Just a waste of flesh and skin.

    Answer by Mme.Langley at 11:14 AM on Jul. 7, 2011

  • I think this is a perfect of example of why the police SHOULD be able to ask about residency status.

    IMO he should have been executed 30 days after he was sentenced and a nice quiet lethal injection death is too good for him.


    Answer by yourspecialkid at 11:59 AM on Jul. 7, 2011

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