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Court Considers Foreigners Rights in US Death Penalty Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Monday in a case that could decide whether several U.S. states can execute 51 Mexicans sentenced to death who say they were denied their rights.

The high court will hear the case of Jose Medellin, one of five gang members convicted for the rape and murder of two Texas girls in 1993.

He is among 51 convicted Mexican citizens given death sentences in U.S. state courts, who say they were improperly denied legal help from their consulates.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague ruled last year that those convictions violate an international law that guarantees consular help.

President Bush recently ordered states to comply with the ICJ ruling and hold new hearings for the convicted Mexicans.

Some information for this report provided by AP.