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"The Buzz" Continued...

Issue: "Shattered dreams," April 5, 2008

Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. rebuked executive and World Court power. "The president's authority to act, as with the exercise of any governmental power, 'must stem either from an act of Congress or from the Constitution itself.'"

The case centered on Jose E. Medellin, now 33, a Houston gang member who took part in the rape, torture, and slaying of two girls, ages 14 and 16, on June 24, 1993. In 2004 the World Court decreed that this and other cases should be overturned because authorities failed to notify Medellin of his right under the Vienna Convention to notify Mexican diplomats of his detention. Bush in response directed the Texas court to reverse itself.

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