Friday, June 15, 2012

On June 15

On this day in ...
... 1992 (20 years ago today), a divided U.S. Supreme Court reversed a ruling in which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit had held that federal criminal jurisdiction could not lie against a Mexican defendant whom federal agents had kidnapped, brought across the border, and produced for trial in Los Angeles. (The case arose out of the incident described in this prior post.) In the high Court's judgment in United States v. Alvarez-Machain, a majority agreed with Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist that permitting exercise of jurisdiction violated neither the U.S.-Mexico Extradition Treaty nor the domestic constitutional guarantee of due process. Joined by Justice Harry A. Blackmun, Justice John Paul Stevens dissented vigorously. (photo credit)

(Prior June 15 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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