US Supreme Court refuses appeal of Mexican murderer

Martha Llanas, mother of Ramiro Hernandez, points at a picture of her son during an interview with AFP in Nuevo Laredo, state of Tamaulipas, Mexico on January 23, 2014The United States Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal from a convicted Mexican citizen facing execution in Texas next week. Ramiro Hernandez is one of several Mexican prisoners in the US seeking to challenge their sentences on the grounds they were not properly advised of their right to consular assistance after their arrest. The Vienna Convention, ratified by 175 countries including the United States, dictates that foreign nationals must be able to receive consular assistance when arrested. Hernandez’s case was one of 51 recommended for review by the International Court in The Hague in 2004 on the grounds of non-compliance of the Vienna Convention.

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