The Costa Rica Extradition

Written by William Freeman

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looking at a sentence of ten years to life, it was a violation ofrepparttar Costa Rican Constitution. Costa Rica does not allow indeterminate sentences. This now required thatrepparttar 119290 United States providerepparttar 119291 Costa Rican Government a judicial promiserepparttar 119292 I would not receive an indeterminate sentence. The problem with this is thatrepparttar 119293 judicial system inrepparttar 119294 United States will not allow a judge to make any type of promise to another country, nor can he make a promise on a case that has not yet been tried in a United States court of law. I hadrepparttar 119295 United States in a “Catch 22” on this point. Under Costa Rican law, there is a five-year statute of limitations to arrest and convict a person. My charges stemmed from a 1991 charge so I was protected under this law. It was at this time that I noticed that Article 16b ofrepparttar 119296 Extradition Treaty was unconstitutional underrepparttar 119297 Costa Rican Constitution which states that once a person is extradited,repparttar 119298 United States can also charge a person with other crimes that were not included inrepparttar 119299 request for Extradition. With this information at hand, I began to prepare my defense what I believed to be a winning defense. I also decided that I needed a defense attorney to present my arguments. It was at this time that I hired my own attorney to do this for me. When he came to visit me at San Sebastian Prison and readrepparttar 119300 documents I had prepared, he was confidantrepparttar 119301 I would be set free. My new attorney accompanied me before a panel of a three-judge appeals court tribunal. The United States Embassy was also present for these proceedings. As I began to present my arguments, it was very apparent thatrepparttar 119302 Judges were not listening to me and that they, in fact, were once again trying to twistrepparttar 119303 laws. When I argued thatrepparttar 119304 statute of limitations had expired, they responded by saying that there is no statute of limitations inrepparttar 119305 United States. But Extradition laws clearly state that Extradition laws ofrepparttar 119306 country of residence shall governrepparttar 119307 Extradition proceedings. I could see that I was not being listened to and, therefore, finished presentingrepparttar 119308 arguments I had prepared. I then returned to San Sebastian Prison to awaitrepparttar 119309 decision.Duringrepparttar 119310 days that followed, I tried to contact my attorney to inquire if he had any response fromrepparttar 119311 court and to get feedback from him. Once again, I ran intorepparttar 119312 prior problem I had with my public defender; he would not answer my calls. I had a friend of mine try to call him and his calls also went unanswered. I then had someone go to his office, only to find that he had moved. When a friend on mine finally located him at his new office, he informed my friend that he had been confronted and told to drop my case if he had any political ambitions for he future. Once again, I found myself without an attorney. It was at this time that I decided to file an appeal withrepparttar 119313 Supreme Court of Costa Rica. I filedrepparttar 119314 appeal stating that (1)repparttar 119315 statute of limitations had lapsed; (2)repparttar 119316 United States had to provide a judicial promise, stating that I would not receive a indeterminate sentence; and (3) that conspiracy does not exist in Costa Rica; therefore, these proceedings should be dropped. The Supreme Court issued an order torepparttar 119317 United States Embassy, The Costa Rican Courts and immigration that I was not to be touched by anyone and that I could not be removed from Costa Rica.I then had another public defender appointed for me and she was, at first, very confidant that I would be set free. But I had been studyingrepparttar 119318 law that pertained to Article 16b ofrepparttar 119319 Treaty that allowed other charges to be filed against a person that was extradited. I had been visiting with another private attorney who was knowledgeable in Extradition law and together we prepared an argument to submit torepparttar 119320 Sala IV,repparttar 119321 Costa Rican Supreme Court, challengingrepparttar 119322 Bi-Lateral Extradition Treaty betweenrepparttar 119323 United States and Costa Rica, stating that Article 16b ofrepparttar 119324 Treaty was unconstitutional and thatrepparttar 119325 Treaty needed to be ratified to reflect this unconstitutional article. I had to submitrepparttar 119326 argument two times. The first time,repparttar 119327 Sala IV returned my argument, stating thatrepparttar 119328 argument had merit but I lackedrepparttar 119329 proper stamps that must be submitted with a brief and that I must follow their established format. They asked me to rewriterepparttar 119330 brief and resubmit it, at which time they would make their decision. Inrepparttar 119331 meantime, all Extradition proceedings would be suspended, not only against me, but also against any other persons that may be awaiting Extradition torepparttar 119332 United States.With this filed inrepparttar 119333 Sala IV and having been accepted, along withrepparttar 119334 Sala IV order stating that I could not be removed from Costa Rica Territory, I was confident I would go free. Legally, I had won on every point ofrepparttar 119335 law and I was not extraditable. I needed only to wait forrepparttar 119336 ruling to be handed down that would set me free in Costa Rica.On May 9, 2001 my name was called inrepparttar 119337 San Sebastian prison. I was put into a prison van and brought torepparttar 119338 airport, where two United States Marshals were waiting for me, along with a judge I had never seen, and representatives fromrepparttar 119339 United States Embassy. With my Supreme Court order in hand and under protest, I was illegally taken from Costa Rica and brought torepparttar 119340 United States, where I was eventually sentenced to five years in a federal prison for Conspiracy To Posses With Intent to Distribute and to Distribute Cocaine. I completed my sentence on November 21, 2003.For those of you wishing to contact me, please forward your inquiries to william_freeman_109@hotmail.comWritten by: William Warren Freeman Jr.

I am a 53 year old exconvicted drug felon that was Extradited from Costa Rica by Interpol after 9 years on the run and living in Costa Rica. I spent 15 months in a Costa Rica maximum security prison. I now live in Greenville South Carolina

Law School Accreditation

Written by David G. Hallstrom

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Most states require that you meet certain requirements prior to being eligible to take their bar examination. The California Bar states "To be eligible to takerepparttar California Bar Examination, one must have completed at least two years of college before beginningrepparttar 119289 study of law or must have passed certain specified College Level Equivalency Program examinations before beginning law study and must have graduated from a law school approved byrepparttar 119290 American Bar Association or accredited byrepparttar 119291 Committee of Bar Examiners of The State Bar of California or have completed four years of law study at an unaccredited or correspondence law school registered withrepparttar 119292 Committee or studied law in a law office or judge's chambers in accordance withrepparttar 119293 Rules Regulating Admission to Practice Law in California." Most states have similar requirements.

The foregoing suggests that many states will not allow, non ABA accredited out of state law school graduates to take their bar examination, unless they attended school in that state or a school that is certified by that state. Therefore students graduating from non ABA accredited law schools may not be allowed to practice in any state other thanrepparttar 119294 state they attended school. Note: Some states have reciprocal agreements with other states allowing attorneys registered in one state to become a member ofrepparttar 119295 bar in another state without taking a bar examination inrepparttar 119296 new state.

Notwithstandingrepparttar 119297 foregoing, there are many fine law schools in this country that are not ABA accredited. Additionally, many ABA accredited schools do not offer night time or part time classes. Finally, there are many more applicants that spaces available in ABA accredited schools, forcing many good students to attend other schools. Therefore, accreditation should not be your only criteria in choosing a law school or in deceiding whether or not to hire a particular law school graduate.

Permission is given to reprint this article providing credit is given torepparttar 119298 author, David G. Hallstrom, and a link is listed to Resources For Attorneysrepparttar 119299 owner of this article. Anyone or any company reprinting this article without giving proper credit andrepparttar 119300 correct link, is doing so without permission and will be subject to legal action.


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