Texas executed a Mexican citizen on Wednesday night – but not the old fashioned way along the border with a shotgun, a barbed wire fence and a redneck militia.
Convicted cop killer Edgar Tamayo Arias, 46, a Mexican citizen, was executed by the state of Texas despite national and international outcry and warnings that his death could damage relations between the US and Mexico. Among those objecting to the Mexican execution were a former Texas governor, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and the entire country of Mexico.
“I want to be clear: I have no reason to doubt the facts of Mr. Tamayo’s conviction, and as a former prosecutor, I have no sympathy for anyone who would murder a police officer,” John Kerry wrote. “This is a process issue I am raising because it could impact the way American citizens are treated in other countries.”
Tamayo, who was in the U.S. illegally, was convicted in the killing of Guy Gaddis, a Houston police officer, in 1994 and sentenced to death. Fast-forward twenty years and it’s execution time!
But the execution almost didn’t go though. It was delayed by more than three hours as the U.S. Supreme Court considered appeals to keep 46-year-old Edgar Tamayo from the Texas death chamber. Tamayo’s lawyers argued he had been deprived of his rights as a foreign citizen as he was not promptly advised of his right to consular help. They also pulled the old mentally-ill and brain-damaged claim, saying that the Mexican only had an IQ of 67. But the last-ditch appeal failed and the cop killer was put to death by lethal injection at the state penitentiary in Huntsville, near Houston.
The Mexican government was not impressed with America’s handling of the case, saying in a statement this week it “strongly opposed” the execution and said failure to review Tamayo’s case and reconsider his sentence would be “a clear violation by the United States of its international obligations.”
But Texas doesn’t care about sh*t like that. They only care about the death penalty.
“It doesn’t matter where you’re from,” Governor Rick Perry’s spokeswoman said. “If you commit a despicable crime like this in Texas, you are subject to our state laws, including a fair trial by jury and the ultimate penalty.”
Well, one less illegal immigrant I guess.
Via: The Guardian