Duane “Dog” Chapman of the famed “Dog The Bounty Hunter” show was released on bail after being arrested in connection with the 2003 Andrew Luster capture in Mexico. The irony of the situation is uncanny and would be funny if it were not so pathetic.
HONOLULU – TV reality star Duane “Dog” Chapman and two co-stars accused of illegal detention and conspiracy in the bounty hunters’ capture of a cosmetics company heir in Mexico posted bail and were released Friday.
Chapman was released on $300,000 bail after spending the night in a federal detention center and his co-stars on the popular A&E show “Dog The Bounty Hunter” were freed on $100,000 bail each.
The fact that Mexico authorities wants Duane Chapman extradited back to Mexico for charges of misdemeanor detainment borders on the absurd. Many pundits think that a US Court may not grant the extradition on the long run. Until that happens, The Bounty Hunter is the hunted.
The men are now required to wear electronic monitoring devices until they return to court for extradition hearings to face trial in Mexico. The judge said they were not flight risks.
Chapman and his tattooed crew were ordered to surrender their passports, to stay in Hawaii and not possess any firearms.
Defense attorney Brook Hart, who successfully argued during the 1-hour, 10-minute hearing that his clients have no reason to be locked up, called the devices “overkill” but did not object to their use.
“It’s ironic that the bounty hunter would go around with a bracelet while arresting people. But so be it,” he said.
Mexico, this is an example of what you should be spending your time doing in extradicting criminal. Accused Mexican Drug Kingpin, Arellano Felix, Extradited to U.S.
The extradition of the man who once ran the Arellano Felix drug clan was a victory for U.S. officials who have been pushing Mexico to send them more drug lords.
Arellano Felix was handed over in the Texas border town of Matamoros after serving a 10-year sentence in Mexico. He will be taken to California to face trial on charges stemming from a 1980 case in which he allegedly sold cocaine to an undercover police officer in the United States.
U.S. authorities requested Arellano Felix’s extradition on June 2, 2003. A federal judge approved that request in 2004, but it took two years for the Foreign Relations Department to send him north.