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Eleventh Circuit Holds Drug Trafficking Not an “Offense Against the Law of Nations”

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Article 1, Section 8, Clause 10 of the U.S. Constitution–or the “Offenses Clause”–empowers Congress “To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations.” Last week, in the case of U.S.v.Yimmi-Bellaizac-Hurtado, Case Nos. 11-14049; 11-14227; 11-14310; 11-14311, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit… Continue Reading

Medellin v. Texas: The Effect on International Law on Domestic Criminal Law and Procedure

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            Defense counsel with foreign clients will not be pleased with the latest offering from the United States Supreme Court and its take on international law. José Ernesto Medellín, a Mexican national, was convicted and sentenced in a Texas state court for the capital murder of two girls. Fortunately, Mexico brought an action in the… Continue Reading