April 7, 1988 |
Tennessee Gov. Ned R. McWherter signed extradition papers yesterday to send Jose Hernandez back to Pennsylvania to face first-degree murder charges in the deaths of four members of his family. Hernandez, 17, has been in Metro Juvenile Detention Center in Nashville since his arrest in Dickson County, Tenn., on March 24, three days after the bodies of his father, pregnant stepmother and two brothers were discovered piled in a bathtub in the family apartment in the 600 block of North Seventh Street.
November 17, 1988 |
Accused murderer and fugitive Ralph Birdsong will be turned over to Philadelphia police by week's end, after he appears in a Florida court, authorities said yesterday. Birdsong, 28, waived an extradition hearing yesterday before a U.S. magistrate in Fort Lauderdale. He is expected to do the same today or tomorrow when he appears in Broward County Circuit Court, authorities said. Wearing leg irons, grey sweatpants and work boots, Birdsong told Magistrate Lurana Snow that Philadelphia authorities had confiscated most of his possessions.
May 14, 1987 |
John Peter Galanis, charged in multimillion-dollar investment swindles that include Atlantic City's failed Boardwalk Marketplace project, waived extradition to New York at his arraignment yesterday in San Diego Municipal Court. Galanis, 44, of Del Mar, a San Diego suburb, was being held last night in the San Diego County Jail on a fugitive charge pending his extradition, authorities said. Galanis and his bookkeeper, Laurence H. Klusky, 40, signed extradition waivers at a joint arraignment yesterday morning, court officials said.
December 11, 1990 |
An attorney for former federal judge Herbert A. Fogel filed an appeal yesterday in Tennessee to block Fogel's return to Philadelphia to face criminal contempt charges for leaving an alcohol recovery center nearly five months early. Nashville attorney Richard McGee said the appeal claims Fogel was being "illegally detained" in Tennessee. He said extradition papers sent by Pennsylvania were flawed because they do not say Fogel committed a crime in Pennsylvania and do not establish that he's a fugitive.
January 13, 1999 |
Ira Einhorn, the one-time hippie-philosopher convicted of murdering his Philadelphia girlfriend in 1977, gained another five weeks of freedom yesterday as a French court postponed a decision on whether to extradite him to the United States. Without explanation, a panel of three French judges announced that they would not issue their extradition ruling until Feb. 18. The unexpected delay freed Einhorn to return to his cottage in the French countryside, and disappointed the three sisters of his dead girlfriend, Holly Maddux.
November 9, 1990 |
The Irish Supreme Court conducted a hearing yesterday on whether Dessie Ellis should be sent off to England to face charges that he was involved in a deadly Irish Republican Army bombing campaign in 1981. Ellis was not in attendance. The 38-year-old former television repairman spent this day, the 30th day of his hunger strike against extradition, confined to his bed at Curragh Hospital. He was taken to the hospital Wednesday from Portlaoise Prison, his home for the last 7 1/2 years.
November 14, 1990 |
A Florida prosecutor said yesterday that he would not seek extradition of a former Cumberland Farms cashier who said she was falsely accused of theft by the convenience store's security officials. Shirley Wells DiSalvo, 22, of Magnolia, Del., was nine months pregnant in August when she was picked up by Delaware State Police, imprisoned for five days and threatened with extradition to face trial in a theft that allegedly occurred four years ago in Florida. At a hearing in Dover, Del., yesterday, DiSalvo, who has since given birth to a boy, was told Florida officials would not seek her extradition.
December 26, 1989 |
The Panama Canal Treaties give the United States the legal right to demand the extradition of deposed strongman Manuel Antonio Noriega, according to specialists in international law. But they say extradition isn't just about law, it's about politics, too. With Noriega now holed up in the Vatican mission in Panama City, it was uncertain yesterday where he would next reside. Noriega's predicament can be summed up as follows: The Vatican's got him. The United States wants him. The new Panamanian government says the United States can't have him. As of yesterday, the United States was hoping to have Noriega extradited to Florida to face drug-trafficking and money-laundering charges, said a State Department official working for the Panama Task Force.
September 3, 1989 |
For two weeks, a U.S. government plane has been standing idle at an airport in Bogota, Colombia, a silent symbol of U.S. officials' current problems in using a blunt legal instrument to help Colombia in its war with drug lords. That instrument is extradition - in short, the transfer of a criminal suspect from one country to another for prosecution. It is a powerful weapon of law enforcement that has been in use since before the Middle Ages, with its modern use dating from the first extradition law adopted by the Belgians 156 years ago. Under extradition, one country hands over a fugitive from another country, without any final proof that the fugitive is actually guilty of any crime.
March 26, 1994 |
A man who pleaded guilty earlier this month to the indecent assault of a Malvern girl is now facing extradition to Delaware for violating a lifetime parole stemming from a rape conviction in 1972. John Barton Hand, 43, of Collingdale, is being held in Chester County Prison on $100,000 cash bail following his arrest on Thursday on a fugitive warrant from Delaware, Lt. Hugh Murray of the Willistown Township Police Department said yesterday. Murray said Hand was sentenced to 10 years' probation by Chester County Common Pleas Court Judge M. Joseph Melody Jr. following his guilty plea on March 14. Police said the victim was baby-sitting at Hand's residence in October 1992 when the sexual assault occurred.