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Marine jailed in Mexico says first
court hearing did not go as expected

Fox News, by Staff

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 7/14/2014 10:38:50 PM

The U.S. Marine who has spent months in a Mexican jail on guns charges said on “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” Monday that his first hearing in the case did not go as he had expected, as a language barrier prevented him from speaking directly to the judge. A Mexican federal judge sent Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi back to prison Wednesday after he made his first official courtroom appearance since being locked up more than three months ago for accidentally crossing the border with guns in his pickup truck. Tahmooressi told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren in a phone interview he had hoped to look the judge in the eyes when he

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Obviously, 0bama cares more for a deserter and Muslim lover than a real Marine. By not getting him home shows contempt for our Military, especially as 0bama continues to facilitate Mexico to let in known criminals and terrorist across our southern borders.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: athina, 7/14/2014 10:43:29 PM     (No. 9924650)

Somebody help me - is it really possible to cross into Mexico by car without there being a checkpoint ? We now need passports to travel to Mexico.... Why would he go through a checkpoint into Mexico if he didn´t want to go to Mexico? No place to turn around?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: doctorfixit, 7/14/2014 10:51:58 PM     (No. 9924665)

Mexico is at war with the US. He is a POW. The only way a Marine should be going there is as part of an organized military campaign. Civilians have no business going to Mexico at all.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: TXknitter, 7/14/2014 10:56:26 PM     (No. 9924671)

Mexico treating him like TRASH and enjoying every minutes if it because the U.S. LETS them.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: losgatos, 7/15/2014 2:53:33 AM     (No. 9924843)

#1. We don´t need passports to go into Mexico. We now need passports to return to the US. There is a checkpoint when going into Mexico. If you get the green light you go on and if you get the red light you pull over and Mexican officials check the contents of your vehicle. Sgt. Tahmooressi got the green light and should have gone ahead, turned around, and returned to the US. Instead he chose to pull over and announce that he had guns in his vehicle. As for a place to turn around prior to going into Mexico there usually is. At this particular border crossing the US seems to have made it very difficult to access the "turn around". What everyone needs to remember is that not only are guns illegal in Mexico, so is ammo. One bullet is illegal. You are in the US until you cross thru the Mexican checkpoint. Should you get stuck like he did...stop your car. Hold up traffic until US Customs figures out a way to get you going in the right direction!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Trigger2, 7/15/2014 5:17:31 AM     (No. 9924881)

Yet Barry & his sycophant demonrats can´t bring themselves to cut off taxpayer money to Mee-a-ko. Can´t bother to free the marine either. Celebrate the deserter. Keep a real patriot soldier jailed and by all means issue pink slips to soldiers in a combat field. I said it before and I´ll say it again - demonrats consider soldiers to be cannon fodder. Always have; always will.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: 3XALADY, 7/15/2014 6:50:23 AM     (No. 9924991)

OT. When Scott Brown was running for Senator, I sent him money. He must have sold my name to every Tom, Dick and Harry around because just this week I had an email from Jill Tahmooressi and that´s the only way she could have gotten my email address. I don´t open emails when I don´t know who they are from.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: StormCnter, 7/15/2014 7:00:32 AM     (No. 9925001)

#6, when you send a donation to any person or group anywhere, whether politician or humanitarian cause, be assured your information will be shared. I get appeals from every obscure candidate and cause across the country every day. Just throw them away or delete them if they are in your email box. However, you might take a look to see if any of these folks are someone you want to support.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Pepper Tree, 7/15/2014 7:49:24 AM     (No. 9925057)

No surprise Tahmooressi was surprised by the court proceedings. Judging from his actions, it appears the Marine had never driven across the border before. First of all, the Mexicans at the border don´t care what you carry out of their country. Second, the Mexican border guards probably speak little English. Third, you never, ever volunteer anything, demand anything, or be anything but deferential to them.
Someone needs to tell him he´s being held for slow incremental ransom and won´t get out as long as his parents still have a nickle in the Bank and a roof over their heads.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: smak90, 7/15/2014 8:43:03 AM     (No. 9925151)

#4 is correct. Once you make that turn, you are on your way to Mexico and once you are there they can search you as soon as you are at the end of the bridge. He should have parked his vehicle on the bridge in the middle of traffic and walked back. When I was young we crossed often. Leaving a bullet in the glove box of a ranch truck is enough for them to arrest you. The last time I ever went they tried to shake me down for $200 because I had a 3 inch pocket knife on me. The Mexican cops drove me around for 30 minutes before finally dumping me in the back streets of Nuevo Laredo. I will never go and spend another dime in that country.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: StormCnter, 7/15/2014 8:53:07 AM     (No. 9925170)

I have a question. According to a 2013 (most recent I could find) National Geographic fact page:

"Mexico has the largest American prisoner population outside of the United States. In 2001, there were over 600 Americans serving time in Mexican prisons, including 48 in Nuevo Laredo."

What are we doing about any of those? I have decided there is more to the Tahmooressi story than we have learned.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 7/15/2014 9:06:10 AM     (No. 9925205)

An we must give their offenders in this country - even those who are here illegally - translaters. Required by our law.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Mildred, 7/15/2014 9:48:30 AM     (No. 9925276)

This story gets more muddied everyday. I have to wonder if Tahmooressi is telling the truth or perhaps was under the influence of an illegal substance when he was arrested. I believe he could make that mistake and couldn´t find the turn around, but mouthing off a Mexican official would be enough reason to be arrested and jailed. I think there is a lot more to this story that has not been told.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Butch, 7/15/2014 10:11:21 AM     (No. 9925315)

#12, Tahmooressi claimed that he had never visited Mexico, and yet the US Department of State confirmed that he had visited several times. He claims his Mexican attorney (since fired) advised him to lie about that. Hmmmmm.

There is something awfully strange about this story. He drives to Tijuana late at night with a bunch of firearms in his truck?!? There are huge signs at the border indicating that firearms are illegal in Mexico.

I hope he gets out soon, but he messed up, and bad.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: killerbee, 7/15/2014 11:50:06 AM     (No. 9925470)

#12, 13: see #4´s explanation of the turnaround at that particular checkpoint. I have driven into Mexico accidentally in broad daylight. I was able to see where I could turn around once out of the US, but I was basically funneled through the checkpoint beforehand by traffic.

Why didn´t his lawyer have his own translator for the appearance. After the recent Jon Hammer kidnapping (they arrested him for having a gun too when he was following proper protocol to register it with them as he was on a hunting trip) it was made obvious that if an American wants justice in Mexico, they´re going to have to do a lot of things for themselves.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Felixcat, 7/15/2014 12:23:12 PM     (No. 9925555)

Bowe Bergdahl willingly left his unit in the field to surrender/join with the enemy and his parents get front row at the White HOuse Rose Garden. Sgt. Tahmooressi appears to have been careless and inattentive when driving into Mexico and he sits in a Mexican jail with nary a peep from the Obama Administration. Regardless of whether there is more to the Sgt´s story as somes allege here or not, he is a US citizen who deserves as much attention and effort for his release as Bergdahl received.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Jebediah, 7/15/2014 12:32:06 PM     (No. 9925578)

With all the deplorable things about Obama, perhaps one of the worst is his total inattention in this case.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 7/15/2014 1:22:32 PM     (No. 9925721)

Apparently Obama´s phone is off the hook regarding this case. A real president would have gotten this soldier back quite quickly. If diplomacy doesn´t work then send in Special Forces. Teach the Mexican govn a lesson. Closing the border and letting n-o-b-o-d-y in will get Mexico´s attention real fast.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: dman, 7/15/2014 1:28:45 PM     (No. 9925733)

Dittos, #18. Mexicans need us more than we need them. We have the power to make them cry "uncle". Time to close the border - to everything - and force them to relent.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: PoliticalJunky, 7/15/2014 2:22:15 PM     (No. 9925845)

The judge at this "hearing" DOES NOT speak English.He will read the translation of the Marine´s testimony later after it is typed up in Spanish. How well it will be translated is anybody´s guess.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: jhboatwright, 7/15/2014 2:33:23 PM     (No. 9925858)

Let that Hell´s Angels group go get him, or pay that Judge one ton of marijuana -- that ought a do it...

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Reply 21 - Posted by: 4justice, 7/15/2014 4:27:55 PM     (No. 9926016)

One of the safest ways to drive around in Mexico is to drive with cash on your car seats. I suggest about $20 - $50 (200+ pesos)...maybe on each front seat.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Butch, 7/16/2014 5:06:01 PM     (No. 9927638)

#14 I am very familiar with that border crossing, having lived in San Diego for many years. The turnaround is practically impossible due to the current construction. Sgt. Tahmooressi clearly made an innocent mistake, and I hope he becomes a free man quickly.

That said, I don´t care where you are, never, never lie to the police about an easily verifiable fact! This was not his first visit to Mexico, as he claimed. He lied to the Mexican police.

Moreover, he made a terrible mistake taking firearms and ammo anywhere near the Mexican or Canadian borders. Mexican "justice" in particular is notoriously unjust and corrupt.

I wish Sgt. Tahmooressi well - and I hope that no other military personnel ever do anything like that again, anywhere near the Mexican (or Canadian) borders.

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WASHINGTON — The current Congress is on track to be the worst ever at passing laws since modern record-keeping began, with three of its lawmakers failing to introduce a single bill, The Post has learned. The divided House and Senate have managed to pass just 163 laws that garnered President Obama’s signature since the two-year term began in January 2013. At this rate, Congress will have no problem beating the previous record set during the 2011-2013 session in which 284 laws were passed. That was down from 385 laws passed in the 2009-2011 session.

   

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