Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, On Denied Request For A Stay In The Leal Case And On The Consular Notification Compliance Act

July 7, 2011

"I am disappointed that the Supreme Court has denied the administration's request to grant a brief stay in the Leal case in order to allow Congress time to act on the Consular Notification Compliance Act. Americans detained overseas rely on their access to U.S. consulates every day. If we expect other countries to abide by the treaties they join, the United States must also honor its obligations.

"This case is not an isolated instance; the issue of consular notification remains a serious diplomatic and legal concern. Congress has a responsibility to ensure that the United States is meeting its obligations under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, and I will continue to work with Members on both sides of the aisle to enact this important legislation. The safety and well-being of U.S. citizens who study, work and travel overseas depends on it."

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