Medellin was sentenced to death for raping and murdering two teenage girls, and is scheduled to be executed [JURIST report] on August 5. He appealed a 2006 Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruling [text; JURIST report] that Bush had "exceeded his constitutional authority" by ordering state court rehearings [JURIST report] for the 51 Mexican nationals convicted in US courts. The President's February 2005 memorandum [text] instructed the Texas courts to follow Avena.
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