The intense debate over international law's role in Supreme Court decision making will heat up when justices consider the case of Jose Medellin, a Mexican citizen on Texas' death row. At issue: a ruling by the International Court of Justice in The Hague, which ordered U.S. courts to re-examine the capital cases of Medellin and 50 other Mexican nationals. Medellin could be a landmark examination of the relationship between foreign and domestic courts.
The World According to the Supreme Court
November 22, 2004