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U.S. Marine in Mexican Jail Fires Attorney
NBC San Diego ^ | Wednesday, May 28, 2014 | Christina London, Brian Hamacher and Wendy Fry

Posted on 05/28/2014 5:24:34 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Andrew Tahmooressi, 22, was arrested for driving into Mexico with firearms

A U.S. Marine Corps reservist who had been living in San Diego will remain in a Mexican jail after firing his attorney.

Andrew Tahmooressi, 22, was expected to testify before a Mexican judge during a court hearing Wednesday. Instead, he fired his attorney. Now the case is up in the air.

On Monday, Tahmooressi's mother Jill told NBC 7 that her son said his attorney had instructed him to lie under oath. Tahmooressi was arrested April 1 after driving his black Ford pickup over the border at San Ysidro into Tijuana. Family members said Tahmooressi, who was in possession of three U.S.-registered firearms, got lost near the border after dark and took a wrong turn into Mexico.

It is illegal to bring guns into Mexico. He has spent the last two months in Mexican custody, first in Tijuana then in Tecate.

Tahmooressi came to San Diego in March for treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. The Marine reservist, originally from Florida, has served two tours in Afghanistan.

The Marine has gained the support of elected officials, including Rep. Duncan Hunter, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Sen. Marco Rubio. His family has also started a White House petition asking for his release.

Last week, Tahmooressi’s mother told NBC 6 Miami that she was told Secretary of State John Kerry had discussed her son’s release during a recent trip to Mexico. Before Wednesday's hearing, the U.S. State Department released a statement outlining the government's efforts to help the Marine:

The Department of State takes seriously its obligation to assist U.S. citizens abroad, and stands ready to provide all appropriate consular services to U.S. citizens in need. The U.S. Consulate and U.S. Embassy have talked to numerous Mexican officials regarding Mr. Tahmooressi’s case, including the authorities at the prison and the Mexican Foreign Ministry. On May 6, the Embassy discussed the case with senior officials of Mexico’s Office of the Attorney General. Secretary Kerry also raised it during his visit to Mexico on May 21. Consular officers have visited Mr. Tahmooressi eleven times since his arrest on March 31. We have raised any concerns we might have about his treatment with the appropriate authorities.

In a 911 audio recording from the night Tahmooressi was arrested, the Marine told the dispatcher he had driven into Mexico by accident.

Tagmooressi: “Ok, yeah, I was hoping that there would be a turnaround point, but there never was." Dispatcher: “There’s a turnaround point before you get across the border."

Andrew: “Yeah, but now where I was. There was no turnaround point.”

Dispatcher: “Well, that means you were, well, way far down then. Unfortunately, you’re on Mexican soil. There’s nothing we can do. I apologize.”

Tahmooressi’s supporters are scheduled to rally for his release at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in San Ysidro near the U.S.-Mexico border.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Mexico
KEYWORDS: marines; mexico; tagmooressi; unitedstates

1 posted on 05/28/2014 5:24:34 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Its a mexican court, of course you lie under oath.


2 posted on 05/28/2014 5:28:29 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

WEll, geeze, we let 30 million of their citizens here, red carpet them, in fact.

Heck just in the past two months on two different credit cards of mine, Mexicans have charged $400 in bars near Mexico City.


3 posted on 05/28/2014 5:31:41 PM PDT by stanne
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To: stanne

This Marine needs to fire 0bama.


4 posted on 05/28/2014 5:34:21 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: driftdiver

Mexico has kangaroos?


5 posted on 05/28/2014 5:35:23 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: nickcarraway

Those who are kind to the cruel are soon cruel to the kind.

Mid-desert “rescue stations” for them, but nary a phone-call on behalf of this guy.

WHY JOIN the US military at all?

You end up protecting a Regime, not the country.


6 posted on 05/28/2014 5:35:43 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: nickcarraway

on Greta tonight, a marine buddy of his said something to the effect that this would not have gone on this long if it was Malia (sp) chained to a bed in Mexico.
Good to hear someone not afraid to speak


7 posted on 05/28/2014 5:36:31 PM PDT by dontreadthis
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To: Paladin2

Apparently the Mexicans are saying they have video of the marine coming into Mexico numerous times and they think he is selling weapons. It sounds like BS to me.


8 posted on 05/28/2014 5:42:29 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: nickcarraway
served two tours in Afghanistan

Thanks Vet

You are no long of use to America, enjoy your stay in Mexico.

9 posted on 05/28/2014 5:42:31 PM PDT by TYVets
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To: nickcarraway

Where are Barry’s drones and why hasn’t he hit the Mexicans yet?


10 posted on 05/28/2014 5:45:15 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

Sounds like they are fishing for a bribe.


11 posted on 05/28/2014 5:49:51 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: dontreadthis

Yes, I heard that too. Surprisingly it didn’t get cut but that may have been a live segment.


12 posted on 05/28/2014 5:50:01 PM PDT by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama's America)
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To: nickcarraway

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Shocking. No wonder we haven’t had any negative posts about her lately....lol. Good for her. One thing right out of a lot of wrong.


13 posted on 05/28/2014 5:53:50 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Governor Scott Walker 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: nickcarraway

This Marine can be released in 24 hours....

Cut off all money transfers from the USA to Mexico ....immediately

18 % of the Mexico GDP is Mexicans in the USA sending money home....

Free as a bird in 24 hours...


14 posted on 05/28/2014 5:54:41 PM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: blueyon; KitJ; T Minus Four; xzins; CMS; The Sailor; ab01; txradioguy; Jet Jaguar; Defender2; ...

Active Duty ping.


15 posted on 05/28/2014 5:57:23 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Yes they want a bribe or just some BS publicty to tweak the nose of the US. The good news about a totally corrupt govt is that you can just cough up the money and walk.


16 posted on 05/28/2014 5:59:43 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

I just came back from Mexico and the guy I was working with (a naturalized Mexican citizen) told me that bribes were a way of life for the corrupt police and judges down there. He had been forced to pay bribes to cops and judges many times.


17 posted on 05/28/2014 6:07:22 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Yes I have always been told that Mexico is totally corrupt from the top down.


18 posted on 05/28/2014 6:10:52 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Paladin2
This Marine needs to fire 0bama.

The Marines need to surround the jail and demand his release, or else.

No permission from El Zer0 needed. Just do it.

19 posted on 05/28/2014 6:23:47 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: unixfox

A battalion commander with balls would go get his boy.


20 posted on 05/28/2014 6:45:15 PM PDT by Terabitten (I'd rather have one Walker than fourteen runners.)
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To: Terabitten

Yep.

It wouldn’t surprise me if a private organization gets his release before our lazy assed pResident will do anything.


21 posted on 05/28/2014 6:51:45 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: Georgia Girl 2
Yes I have always been told that Mexico is totally corrupt from the top down.

I had a friend that got thrown in a Mexican jail for fighting in a bar.

He got out by handing the jailer $200.00 cash he had in his boot. True story.

22 posted on 05/28/2014 6:53:54 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: Popman

Plus actually control the border with zer0 tolerance.


23 posted on 05/28/2014 6:55:56 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: nickcarraway; anyone; All

Does anyone have any info as to how many US citizens are serving time in Mexico prisons?
I’ve looked but can find no data that is current. I found something from back in the early 2000
era that mentioned over 600 in prison. I have no idea if that is even close to being accurate.


24 posted on 05/28/2014 7:00:48 PM PDT by deport
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To: Terabitten

That would be entertaining. And righteous.


25 posted on 05/28/2014 7:01:17 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: nickcarraway

Piss on obama. We Americans can change this.

Why has not all tourism to mexico stopped? That’s all it would take.


26 posted on 05/28/2014 9:53:20 PM PDT by RobinOfKingston (Democrats--the party of Evil. Republicans--the party of Stupid.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2
Apparently the Mexicans are saying they have video of the marine coming into Mexico numerous times and they think he is selling weapons. It sounds like BS to me.

Including one trip in and out earlier the same day. If that's true, then I have to wonder what he's been up to.

27 posted on 05/28/2014 10:02:19 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Cementjungle

Yeh I hope that’s not true. Who would be stupid enough to do that though?


28 posted on 05/29/2014 8:16:39 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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