State Supreme Court Denies Pedraza Motion in Capital Murder CaseMarch 14th, 2013 by Joe Burgess
Daniel Pedraza, a Drew County man facing a capitol murder trial with a possible death sentence asked the Arkansas Supreme Court t grant his petition of Writ for Certiorari, in an effort to get a continuance to for his attorney to prepare for his upcoming case.
Drew County Circuit Judge Bynum Gibson had set the trial for last October, following the February deatth of Pedraza’s 2 year old stepdaughter, Aubriana Coke. That was set aside when Pedraza’s lawyer filed a petition of certiorari in early October, postponing the jury trial until the Supreme Court decided if they were going hear the case. Last month they listened to facts of the case, and then denied Pedraza’s petition, earlier this week.
State Supreme Court & Mexican Consulate Intervene in Drew County Infant’s Capital Murder Case
October 15, 2012
The Arkansas Supreme Court has a accepted a petition of Writ for Certiorari and granted a stay in the capital murder jury trial set to begin next Monday for Daniel Pedraza, for the February death of his 18 month old step-daughter.
The Supreme Court also granted a motion of the United Mexican States consulate for leave to file a brief as Amicus Curiae support of Pedraza.
The Mexican consulate became involved in the case because Daniel Pedraza Munoz is a Mexican national in custody in a case where Arkansas is seeking the death penalty. Mexico has a vital stake in ensuring that all of it’s nationals abroad received the protections to which they are entitled in both international and domestic law.
Concular assistance is the primary means by which Mexico carries out this responsibility.
While Mexican consulates and their appointed legal representatives provide services in a wide range of cases, it is more vital when a criminal defendant is facing the death penalty.
In cases in which Mexican citizens face capital charges the consulars concern is to ensure that each national receives a fully adequate defense from competent legal counsel in order to provide this function. Mexico’s appointed representatives are allowed to assist if defense counsel to make representations to the judicial authorities and to monitor ongoing legal proceedings.
The Mexican Consulate is represented in this case by John Wesley Hall of Little Rock
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