Virginia Execution

— NPR's John Burnett reports a Paraguayan man, convicted in Virginia of stabbing a woman to death, was executed last night despite requests by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and the World Court that the sentence be blocked. The 15-member United Nations Tribunal ruled that the execution should be blocked because authorities in Virginia failed to notify Paraguay of the man's arrest as called for under the Vienna Convention. The U.S. Supreme Court and Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore refused to intervene.

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