Legal Materials

This page provides links to a number of legal briefs which provide additional information on issues in the case of César Fierro. The file library includes:

Amicus Curiae Brief of the Government of Mexico , US Supreme Court, March 16, 2000.

"Fierro's case is the sort that creates the nightmarish specter of prisoners who, despite compelling claims of wrongful convictions, are executed in deference to inflexible procedural rules."

Amicus Brief of 6 Human Rights Organizations , Motion for Leave filed with the US District Court, May 30, 2000

"The Fierro conviction is based upon a crumbling foundation of due process violations - the use of torture, the use of a confession acquired through torture, and the use of perjured testimony to protect the admissibility of a confession acquired through torture."

Valdez v. State A decision of the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, granting a new sentencing hearing to Mexican national Gerardo Valdez Maltos who, like César Fierro, was not informed of his consular rights.

"We cannot ignore the significance and importance of the factual evidence discovered with the assistance of the Mexican Consulate. It is evident from the record before this Court that the Government of Mexico would have intervened in the case, assisted with Petitioner's defense, and provided resources to ensure that he received a fair trial and sentencing hearing."

Request for a Decision on the Merits , Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, July 1, 2002.

"By virtue of a decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit of June 13, 2002, as will be explained below, all judicial proceedings that might reasonably be expected to result in relief for Mr. Fierro have been completed . . . An execution may be scheduled for a date before the end of the year 2002. Petitioners request that the Commission consider the case as a matter of urgency, in order that the Commission may proceed to a decision prior to an execution date."