Why should you care about José Ernesto Medellín’s execution in Texas? Because the consequences of this action may affect your security and rights as a U.S. citizen when abroad. The handling of Medellín’s v. Texas made a significant difference for the United States' international credibility and reputation. In addition, this action hindered the United States' ability to protect its citizens through its diplomatic missions abroad. The United States breached an international legal obligation in a case that had captured international attention. Being the global leader it is, the country undermined the World Court's rulings by setting an example of noncompliance.

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