In 2008, the Supreme Court acknowledged that the international court’s ruling was binding but said that the president acting alone could not compel states to comply with it. Congress also had to act, the court said.
These guys (so what else is new?) failed to act since directed to by the Supremes in 2008. They didn't pass the law compelling states to comply with foreign treaties.
on Thursday evening rebuffed a request from the Obama administration that it stay the execution of a Mexican citizen on death row in Texas. The inmate, Leal, was executed about an hour later. Ruling along party lines, the 5 Republican judges said:
“We decline,” the majority wrote, “to follow the United States’ suggestion of granting a stay to allow Leal to bring a claim based on hypothetical legislation when it cannot even bring itself to say that his attempt to overturn his conviction has any prospect of success.”
Sort of a "gotcha"....we told you so, moment for these gentlemen.
wrote that the government’s request was modest given that allowing the execution to proceed would, in the solicitor general’s words, “cause irreparable harm” to “foreign-policy interests of the highest order” and endanger Americans traveling abroad.
AFTER THE VERDICT, THE HONORABLE (?) GOVERNOR OF TEXAS REFUSED A STAY OF 30 DAYS. HE PROBABLY FIGURED THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE SENATE IN WASHINGTON COULDN'T PASS A LAW IN 30 DAYS ANYWAY. HE MIGHT HAVE BEEN RIGHT.