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Justice: Foreign and International Courts

Volume 712: debated on Tuesday 30 June 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made concerning their amicus brief on behalf of the British citizen Linda Carty, who is facing a death sentence in Texas. [HL4344]

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
(Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead)

On 4 May 2009 the Government filed an amicus curiae brief with the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the court currently considering the case of Ms Linda Carty, a British national sentenced to death in Houston, Texas. The brief focused on two related issues: the lack of consular notification in Ms Carty's case, and ineffective assistance of counsel. The fifth circuit has yet to rule on Ms Carty's outstanding appeal or comment on the contents of the brief.

Prior to our recent intervention, the Government also filed an amicus curiae brief in relation to Ms Carty's case when it was before the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas on 12 May 2006. That brief focused only on the lack of consular notification.