Mexico extraditing record numbers of fugitives to US Joshua Pantesco at 8:21 AM ET
[JURIST] Tony Garza, the US Ambassador to Mexico [embassy website], said Tuesday that Mexico has extradited 50 prisoners to the US this year, a record total, for stateside prosecution of crimes committed in the US. The Supreme Court of Mexico [official website] ruled last November that prisoners serving life sentences may be extradited abroad [JURIST report], overturning a 2001 decision [EscapingJustice.com backgrounder] that prevented such prisoners from answering to charges in the US insofar as punishment there might be cruel and unusual and not directed at rehabilitation of the prisoner. A 1978 treaty between the US and Mexico still prevents the extradition of prisoners who face the death penalty.
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