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The Changing Face of Extraditions Between Mexico and the United States
By Devin C. McNuly
You know they got away
They headed down south and They’re still running today
“Take the Money and Run”
– Steve Miller Band
Billy Joe and Bobbie Sue should avoid Mexico if they hope to remain
free. Likewise, the character Tim Robbins played in Shawshank Redemption
would no longer be safe by fleeing to the fabled Zihuatanejo. Escaping
the southern border of the United States no longer provides any
assurance of “freedom” for fugitives. Mexico shows a never-before-seen
vigor in sending both U.S. citizens and Mexican nationals north to the
United States for criminal prosecution.
The striking upward trend in extraditions, coupled with the judicial
reform goals of Mexico’s current president, makes large increases in
extraditions from Mexico to the United States extremely likely in the
coming years. Given Mexico’s proximity and extensive cultural and social
ties to the United States, it is vital for the criminal law specialist
to be aware of Mexico’s new willingness
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