The Supreme Court ruled today for states, and against President Bush in a quarrel over international law, finding that a foreign death-row inmate did not have a right to further review—though the world's top court said he did. Ernesto Medellin was not provided counsel from his native Mexico, violating the Vienna Convention; Texas balked at Bush’s attempt to enforce the body's ruling.
The justices found 6-3 that International Court judgments don’t bind US state courts—and that Bush doesn’t have authority to enforce foreign decisions, the Washington Post reports. The dissent by Justice Stephen Breyer worried the “nation may well break its word,” despite the president’s best intentions. Justice John Paul Stevens sided with the majority, but urged Texas to re-open the case voluntarily.