Skip to comments.Failure to bring border-crossing fugitives to justice a national problem
Posted on 01/29/2012 11:29:55 AM PST by moonshinner_09
Jorge Montiel fled to his hometown near Pachuca, Mexico, after he was alleged to have raped and murdered a Georgia housewife in October 2010.
Federal agents tried to bring the international fugitive to justice, but something stood in the way: the cost.
When the U.S. Justice Department called Forsyth County prosecutors to explain America's complex extradition process and to say the county would have to pay for translation and other fees, "the decision was made by Forsyth County to discontinue that effort," FBI spokesman Stephen Emmett told the Tribune.
And with that, Montiel became just another of the thousands of criminal suspects now living with impunity in foreign countries even when federal authorities have identified their precise locations.
After the Tribune recently exposed law enforcement failures that allowed more than 100 dangerous suspects to flee northern Illinois and remain free abroad, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder dispatched his top deputy to meet with officials in Chicago. Holder vowed that the Justice Department would redouble its efforts to return alleged murderers, rapists and other violent fugitives to Illinois and secured the pledge of his Mexican counterpart to make it happen.
But the flawed enforcement efforts are by no means unique to the Chicago area, according to a Tribune examination of new data from the government's lead fugitive-hunting agency, the U.S. Marshals Service, as well as hundreds of open federal warrants from across the country.
Using that information and a set of reports the Justice Department issued back in 2003, the Tribune was able to cobble together the only public accounting of a fugitive apprehension program that government officials cloak in secrecy.
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