September 16, 2006
Duane “Dog” Chapman, star of the television reality show “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” was released on bail this evening pending extradition proceedings sending him to Mexico to face illegal detention charges.
He left the federal courthouse at about 6:20 p.m.
U. S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren ruled that Chapman could be released on $300,000 bail. Kurren ordered him to remain at home unless he has to leave his house for his business.
Chapman’s son Leland and Tim Chapman (no relation), can be freed on $100,000 bail each, Kurren said.
Chapman and the other two were arrested by by U. S. Marshals yesterday morning on a federal extradition warrant signed by a federal judge. They were being held at the Federal Detention Center near Honolulu International Airport.
The three had a hearing yesterday before Kurren, who set another hearing for this afternoon on whether to release the three on bail.
The three are wanted back in Mexico in connection with their 2003 capture Andrew Luster, a Max Factor heir and convicted rapist. Dog Chapman tracked Luster down in Puerto Vallarta. The Chapmans and their camera crew were later arrested on kidnapping charges.
They were released by Mexican authorities on bail, but did not show up at a hearing in the case in Mexico on July 15, 2003.
September 15, 2006
Duane “Dog” Chapman, the well-known bounty hunter, was arrested yesterday in connection with his June 2003 capture of convicted rapist and Max Factor heir Andrew Luster in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Also arrested in different locations were his son Leland and partner, Timothy Chapman.
The United States has an extradition treaty with Mexico, and the two countries extradite people all the time. “But usually, they’re extraditing serious criminals, not somebody who assisted in arresting a serious criminal!
I originally started a Facebook group to start an outcry for us to help persuade the United States of America to free three men who arrest dangerous criminals! The demand for access has gotten so great we have started this website.
“The Chapman name stands for something,” Beth Chapman, her voice breaking. “If we did something wrong, we will stand up for it, and if Duane has to return to Mexico to take care of any misunderstandings, then that’s what we will do.”
“We love Hawai’i,” she said. “We will never hurt anyone on this planet; we will never hurt anyone on this island.“
September 15, 2006
“Any time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.” – Robert F. Kennedy.
There is a lot that we as CITIZENS can do against this miscarriage of justice. First of all, remember that this is an ELECTION YEAR and we are 53 Days from Election Day.
1.) Contact EACH candidate for U.S. Congress this year, as well as U.S. Senate, and tell them if they do not support the release of Duane “DOG” Chapman, they do not get your vote.
Go to http://www.Politics1.com/ and click on your state’s link to find who is running.
2.) For the existing members of Congress, flood the switchboard of Congress at 22.214.171.12421. Ask to speak to your Member of Congress.
3.) Go to the top. Contact :
Dennis Hastert (R-Il.) @
235 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Batavia District Office
27 North River Street
Batavia, IL 60510
Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) @