Justice has been hard to come by for murdered young girls and Adria Sauceda is no exception.
Sauceda, 16, was brutally raped, murdered with a piece of asphalt and left naked on a rural road by Mexican national Humberto Leal Garcia Jr. 38 in San Antonio on May 24, 1994. Mr. Garcia, who has been in the US since age 2 is scheduled for execution on Thursday.
But wait! Poor Leal didn't have contact with his governments' representatives as dictated by the U.N.'s Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. Tuesday the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole's 4-1 rejection of Leal's bid for a 180-day reprieve would allow Thursday's execution of Leal to go forward.
Leal has options Sauceda never got. Governor Rick Perry could grant him a 30 day reprieve and the Supreme Court can consider a stay of execution requested by the Obama administration. This would allow Congress time to act on a bill introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, that would provide for federal review of capital cases involving foreigners denied consulate contact.
Once again liberals are more concerned with the international community, diplomatic and military representatives who warn about the effect this would have on Americans abroad involved in criminal cases than justice for a young woman whose rape and murder is an unspeakable affront to an innocent person's life and dignity.
As our leaders review our visa process, one important element should be to warn visitors and potential immigrants of the consequences that could befall them if they dare to inflict such horrific crimes on any American citizen. This would be an example of American exceptionalism, coming down on the side of the lives of citizens over the international "rights" of wanton criminals.