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Tuesday, November 08, 2005

The Rights of Foreign Criminals

From CNN:

The Supreme Court on Monday jumped back into the issue of the rights of foreigners in criminal cases, agreeing to consider the appeal of two men from Honduras and Mexico.

Mario Bustillo of Honduras was convicted of killing a Virginia teen with a baseball bat, but was never told of his right to seek legal help from the Honduran consulate. His new lawyers are trying to win another trial.

Moises Sanchez-Llamas of Mexico was convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison for wounding a Medford, Oregon, police officer in a 1999 gunfight.

Sanchez-Llamas claims his pretrial statements to police shouldn't have been allowed as evidence in his case because he wasn't told of his right to contact the Mexican consulate.

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