Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Pure Murder Breaking News: Supreme Court Sides with Texas in Jose Medellin Case

I just received word from my good friend, crime victims' advocate Andy Kahan, that the Supreme Court of the United States has voted 6-3 to support the state of Texas in the case of Jose Medellin, one of the six killers I wrote about in my upcoming book, Pure Murder.

Medellin was convicted in 1994 of the brutal rapes and murders of 14-year-old Jennifer Ertman and 16-year-old Elizabeth Pena in Houston, Texas. When Medellin, who was born in Mexico but had lived in the United States for half his life at the time of the murders, was arrested, he was read his rights by police. They did not, however, inform the suspect that he could have access to a Mexican consular to represent him. Medellin then gave complete confessions to the crimes. He never objected to the lack of consulate representation at the arrest or at his trial the following year.

This fascinating case made it all the way up to president George W. Bush. The former Texas governor agreed with an international tribunal that Medellin (and dozens more inmates around the country), should have his case re-heard by the state of Texas. Needless to say, the families of the victims were infuriated by the president's decision, as were many conservative supporters of the president.

Today's Supreme Court decision basically lets the president know that he was wrong to intercede and that the state of Texas does not have to acquiesce to an international court.

Medellin received the death penalty for his crimes. At present, all states are holding out on executions until a decision is made about the effectiveness of lethal injections.

Pure Murder will be in stores everywhere June 3, 2008. You can pre-order it below.

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