Perry Follows Law in Texas Execution
Gov Rick Perry's star will continue to rise after having ignored pleas from the Obama administration to follow international guidelines rather than Texas law in executing a Mexican national.
He was executed at 6:21 pm (18:21 GMT) in a Huntsville, Texas prison for the rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl in 1994, state officials said.
Foreign nationals are supposed to be given the opportunity to contact diplomatic representatives from their home country for legal assistance, an opportunity not afforded the Texas killer.
The International Court of Justice ruled in 2004 that the United States was in violation of its treaty obligations, but it has failed to pass a law requiring local officials to inform foreign nationals of their consular rights.
In a rare intervention, the US government's top lawyer urged the Supreme Court to spare Leal's life, saying his execution would cause "irreparable harm" to US interests.
The Supreme Court denied the request for a stay of execution in a 5-4 decision just over an hour before Leal was set to be put to death.
Perry looks more like the sort of leader the nation is looking for to host a speedy Obama departure.
An outside group urging Texas Gov. Rick Perry to jump into the Republican presidential primary has raised $400,000 in three weeks, emboldening organizers to ramp up fundraising and represent him in next month’s Iowa straw poll — even if he is still on the fence.