Tuesday, July 06, 2010

And then what

I want to address the simple point of legal equity. This is the concept of fairness under the laws. I have a problem with an issue raised with the Carty Death Penalty case in TX.

There has been much written about the treaties requiring consular notification of arrests between the USA and the UK. The treaty was a product of a 1950 world and was designed to protect travelers and businessmen. In the case of Carty she is a legal permanent resident with 20 plus years in the USA.

While I do recognize that death penalty cases are serious and the UK consulate should have been contacted this is not reason by itself to overturn a verdict. On a practical matter these treaties need to be revisited and long term residents should not get additional rights based on lack of citizenship. Countries need to take their own criminals back, per these same agreements.

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