House concurrent resolution 50

House Concurrent Resolution 50 (or HCR50) is a joint resolution of the 2007 Regular Session of the Hawaii State Legislature, introduced on February 23, 2007 by state representatives Gene Ward, Karen Awana, Rida Cabanilla, Lynn Finnegan, Barbara Marumoto, Colleen Meyer, Kymberly Pine, Joe Bertram, Ken Ito, Marylin Lee, and John Mizuno, "Requesting the President of Mexico and the Second District Court of Guadalajara to drop extradition charges against TV Bounty Hunter, Duane 'Dog' Chapman". [cite news | url = http://capitol.hawaii.gov/site1/docs/getstatus2.asp?billno=HCR50 | title = Hawaii State Legislature Bill Status: HCR50 | date = 2007-02-23 | publisher = Hawaii State Legislature | accessdate = 2007-02-26]

Language of the resolution

Copy section to WikisourceThe complete text of the original resolution [cite news | url = http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/sessioncurrent/Bills/HCR50_.htm | title = Hawaii State Legislature Bill HCR50 | date = 2007-02-23 | publisher = Hawaii State Legislature | accessdate = 2007-02-26] states,

WHEREAS, justice is a determinant of the sovereign political systems of all nations, and international disputes arise when two jurisdictions conflict or fail to agree upon the best course of action; and
WHEREAS, a present jurisdictional dispute exits between the United States and Mexico surrounding the action of Duane "Dog" Chapman who in June 2003 traveled to Mexico to apprehend a convicted American rapist, Andrew Luster, the Max Factor heir; and
WHEREAS, Luster was a convicted rapist who had fled from California six months earlier by jumping $1 million bond on charges that he drugged and raped three women; and
WHEREAS, Luster's disappearance sparked an international manhunt by police, FBI and bounty hunters trying to recoup some of the bond money; and
WHEREAS, Mexico has requested extradition of Chapman after charging him with felony kidnapping, and "deprivation of liberty" for the capture and return of Luster to the United States; and
WHEREAS, Chapman was arrested in his Hawaii home in September, 2006 by U.S. Marshals and was freed on $300,000 bail, and has been fighting extradition to Mexico, where if convicted he and his son Leland and Tim Chapman (all of whom were involved in the capture of Lester) could be required to spend up to 4 years in a Mexican jail; and
WHEREAS, Luster is now serving a 124-year sentence in California; and
WHEREAS, Duane Chapman has never been paid for Luster's capture, and has offered to apologize to the Mexican government, and
WHEREAS, Chapman believed he could legally arrest Luster based on the fact that Luster had entered Mexico under a false name; now, therefore
BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-fourth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2007, the Senate concurring, that the legislature of the state of Hawaii in full support of the plight of Duane "Dog" Chapman requests that the President and Congress of Mexico and the Second District Court of Guadalajara drop charges of extradition and allow this international dispute to be amicably solved by virtue of the justice that has been served in the United States against rapist Luster by the brave actions of Hawaii resident, Duane "Dog" Chapman; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the President of Mexico, the Second District Court in Guadalajara, Mexico, President George W. Bush, U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, Organization of American States and each member of Hawaii's Congressional delegation.

Related content

* Andrew Luster
* Bounty Hunter
* Duane "Dog" Chapman
* Extradition
* International Law
* United States Marshals Service
* United Mexican States
* United States

Trivia

* HCR50 was also offered with an identical resolution, also known as a Companion Measure, [http://capitol.hawaii.gov/site1/docs/getstatus2.asp?billno=HR29 House Resolution 29.]
* The resolution was signed and introduced by eleven state representatives, including six Republicans and five Democrats. [cite news | url = http://capitol.hawaii.gov/site1/house/members/members.asp?press1=house&press2=members | title = Hawaii State Legislature Members of the House | date = 2007-02-23 | publisher = Hawaii State Legislature | accessdate = 2007-02-26]
* The resolution was heard by the House Committee on International Affairs and passed with amendments, eight representatives voting yes and none voting no, three excused. [cite news | url = http://capitol.hawaii.gov/site1/docs/getstatus2.asp?billno=HCR50
title = HCR50 Bill Status Report | date = 2007-03-08 | publisher = Hawaii State Legislature | accessdate = 2007-03-08
] During the hearing, Duane Chapman appeared and testified before the committee. [cite news | url = http://www.thehawaiichannel.com/newsarchive/11196315/detail.html | title = House Passes Resolution Supporting 'Dog' Chapman | date = 2007-03-08 | publisher = KITV4 News | accessdate = 2007-03-08]

News articles

* [http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2007/Mar/02/br/br2439867105.html State lawmaker wants Mexico to drop 'Dog' charges] - Honolulu Advertiser
* [http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2007703080361 House panel stands with 'Dog'] - Honolulu Advertiser
* [http://www.thehawaiichannel.com/newsarchive/11196315/detail.html House Passes Resolution Supporting 'Dog' Chapman] - KITV4
* [http://www.khnl.com/Global/story.asp?S=6195473 Hawaii Lawmakers Take A Stand For Duane Dog Chapman] - KHNL8

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