The father of a 14-year-old Texas girl who was raped, sodomized and then strangled with a belt and shoe laces, wants to know why President Bush supports halting the execution of the Mexican national who confessed to killing his daughter and her friend.
"Our daughters are just pawns in a game that we have no control over," Randy Ertman, father of Jennifer Ertman, told FOX News. "What can I say to the president of the United States or the Supreme Court that would make any difference?"
In addition, the case has huge implications for the rule of law and American sovereignty. If a foreign tribunal can overturn the decisions of citizen juries, then we are far down the road to unelected global government.
Too bad our "conservative" president is supporting this garbage. He took the extreme step of ordering Texas courts to review ALL capital cases of Mexican nationals. But as President, he has nothing to say over what the judicial branch does, as many critics have noted.
REP. TED POE (R), TEXAS: Well, Lou, it seems it me that under the separation of powers, the president hasn't — does not have any authority over any court to tell them what to do. ——
And the highest court in Texas recently ruled, in all respect to the president, that he has no jurisdiction in this matter at all. And that's why this case is before the Supreme Court. ——
And certainly, the U.S. Constitution takes precedent over international law and especially in this specific case, and the case should, obviously, be upheld by the Supreme Court. — [Lou Dobbs Tonight Transcript 10/10/07]
On cue, President Bush celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month at the White House Wednesday.