Supreme Court won't join international debate over death penalty

Monday, November 17th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Washington-AP) -- The US Supreme Court is refusing to get involved in an international debate over the death penalty in a case involving a Mexican on Oklahoma's death row.

The court Monday refused without comment to hear the appeal of Osbaldo Torres, who's also known as Osbaldo Torres Aguilera.

The court was asked to consider whether Oklahoma prosecutors violated an international treaty by failing to notify the Mexican government that Torres had been arrested. An attorney for the Mexican government says officials were not told about Torres until his family contacted them after his 1996 conviction and death sentence.

Torres was sentenced to die for the 1993 murder of an Oklahoma City couple during a robbery of their home.