Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Bill Would Require White House to Prepare Reports on Fugitives

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Bill Would Require White House to Prepare Reports on Fugitives

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A House committee takes up a bill today, sparked by outrage over relaxed restrictions on Cuba, that would require the White House to tell Congress what it is doing to extradite killers who have fled the United States.

The bill is named in honor of Walter Patterson and Werner Foerster, victims of killers who escaped New Jersey prisons and are believed to be living in Portugal and Cuba.

New Jersey officials have demanded that President Obama's administration direct Cuba to return Joanne Chesimard, now known as Assata Shakur, who fled to the island after being broken out of the state women's prison in Clinton. She was serving time for killing Foerster, a New Jersey state trooper, in 1973.

The bill also says Portugal's refusal to extradite George Wright has caused suffering for family and friends of Patterson. …

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