Posted on July 9, 2011 at 12:38 PM
Saturday, Jul 9 at 12:41 PM
Just hours after the execution of Humberto Leal Garcia, the United Nations claims the United States has violated international law.
Because of that, thousands of Americans continue to remain conflicted on the decision to execute the convicted rapist and murderer from Mexico. Some are happy justice has been served, while others fear countries across the globe will be less inclined to follow international law for Americans arrested overseas.
San Antonio civil rights activist Jaime Martinez said that could be true.
“It might put other people in jeopardy in other countries from America,” said Martinez.
Martinez said ultimately what's done is done, but claims state and federal lawmakers need to immediately look back at the decision and figure out whose laws are superior.
“Do you have a law, that federal law supersedes state law, and you have a national agreement with other countries? They have to really weigh in on those issues,” said Martinez.
While the debate rages on even after the execution, Martinez said ultimately Garcia was a criminal and justice was coming one way or another.
“The crime was committed and in my opinion it was a very serious crime and you know he was judged, he was found guilty and he was executed and he paid for his crime,” said Martinez.