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April 2007 , Page 32 

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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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