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Sanchez-Llamas v. Oregon
United States Supreme Court
548 U.S. 331 (2006)
Mario Bustillo (plaintiff), a Honduran citizen, was accused of murder in the United States. At trial, although several witnesses claimed another person committed the crime, the jury convicted Bustillo of murder, and Bustillo was sentenced to 30 years in prison. His conviction was appealed and affirmed. Bustillo then filed a writ of habeas corpus in state court arguing that the arresting authorities failed to notify Bustillo of his right under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (the Vienna Convention) to notify the Honduran consulate of his arrest and that the consulate could have assisted Bustillo in his defense. The state courts denied this claim because Bustillo failed to argue it at his criminal trial or on appeal. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Roberts, C.J.)
Dissent (Breyer, J.)
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