Of course when it`s citizens in the line of fire from killer illegal aliens, like the three members of the Bologna family in San Francisco, the feds are not concerned.
Fourteen years and numerous judicial reviews have passed since Jose Medellin was sentenced to die after confessing to the brutal gang rape and murder of two teenage girls in Houston.
That`s long enough, state officials say. It`s time to carry out the sentence.
But defense attorneys, and an unusual coalition of federal officials, including no less than the attorney general and secretary of state, say if his Aug. 5 execution is not stayed, so Mr. Medellin`s case can be reviewed one more time at the behest of the International Court of Justice, Texas will be rushing to judgment and endangering Americans abroad.
"Put simply, the United States seeks the help of the State of Texas," Attorney General Michael Mukasey and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice wrote Texas Gov. Rick Perry in a letter released by defense attorneys. [Federal officials try to block Texas execution to allow review of case By Diane Jennings, The Dallas Morning News, July 28, 2008]