Parents of jailed vet in Mexico want more aggression from US
Fight to get ex-Marine home
- Duration 5:39
- Date Dec 19, 2012
Fight to get ex-Marine home
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Story we have been following here in America's Newsroom the parents of a US marine veteran.
Who is jailed in Mexico.
Are fighting to get their son back home.
They hope in time for Christmas here's the first photo that would -- -- John hammer.
Since the Mexican authorities detained him -- in August.
He is seen shirtless and change you can see on his ankle.
There's a chain that leads to that end of that that he is facing charges for carrying an antique shotgun according to his family.
Across the border that former marine's parents.
-- and John hammer join me now good morning to you both it's good to have you with us this morning.
You've -- in the morning.
-- -- I'm curious you know we look at that photo obviously -- -- as a mother of two boys I can only imagine what it is like.
For you to see him in that condition Olivia.
It was just stunning array and I just.
Can't totally wrap my head around it.
Talk to -- -- take us back -- of what you're understanding is of what happened and how he tried to get that -- is on his political history go with a buddy.
They -- gonna take a break and go hunting in Costa -- What did he do to make sure that he would get the gun there legally.
He didn't cross the border.
He went to the border and he filed paperwork on the US side.
And then he he -- Colin to proceed.
And he went to the Mexican checkpoint and ask them what he needed to do here's my paperwork.
So for asking what you need to do he's in prison and and and we need our State Department.
To be as aggressive as -- has been.
For Tennessee but for his safety is theirs is has been defending their judicial system which has just been -- -- this point.
So the US consulate general in that Matt tomorrow's in Mexico says it they have been in touch with your son that they have visited him in prison four times.
That they have made phone conversations phone -- to him in between to check on his well being that they're very concerned about his safety.
That when -- right when they heard that he was restrained they.
They made sure that he was not restrained is that your understanding that they've that they've taken the -- -- and that they're looking after him.
As of last Wednesday.
But they've been telling us first serve months that that they've done that they've gone back and forth but it at this point.
You know there are multiple legal based.
Reasons for him to be released.
And he he needs to be out now.
What is your understanding -- of of what the timing is on this I know that yesterday earlier in the day you said that you didn't think -- would happen till January when he goes before this judge.
On -- federal crime.
That that he's accused of that you believe he's not exact guilty.
Now is there any reason to -- at that time frame is being moved up.
It's that we definitely it's definitely not definitive at this point.
We we are told that we're gonna have a a ruling on his case.
So we don't know definitively what it's going to happen -- our our lawyers optimistic yes.
You know according just has some of what -- as seen on this John.
That the fear is that the president of Mexico.
You know wants it wants everyone to believe that their system is you know not -- that no one get special treatment.
And that that may be eat you know a hindrance in terms of him just saying okay you know we have this marine.
The United States government wants us to let him go so we're gonna let him go out.
We we've got to help them figure out their judicial system before we give them anymore money he's been brought into the court.
And her arrest.
Two plead guilty to you know twelve your sentence by their court system.
You know how is that you know legitimate court system.
What kind of help are you getting from from our State Department I know I I -- with the consulate says they're doing down there but what what is the State Department telling you know.
And any word from the White House I'm sure you must have been distressed to see that the Press Secretary wasn't even aware of this case when Ed Henry asked him about it yesterday that.
Actually no nothing from from our statement department about the levels on the ground there in Matamoros absolutely nothing.
And the petition White House that has almost to the threshold.
That the White House should make a statement.
And it's unbelievable that they don't have any idea what's going on.
It is any of this I know obviously -- determined Olivea that you want to make this as public as you possibly can.
You've spoken tosses several times over the past couple of days here at fox -- feel like it's getting you anywhere.
You know we haven't seen any would it mean the results of that will be when he is.
And released obviously but I -- You know.
I just can't help but think that sick you know just from the feedback that we've gotten from people all over the country all over the world actually.
And this is getting coverage in the UK I have a friend in Peru who had seen it on TV and Bristol it's all over the world so you know Mexico is honest.
Global stage right now and they need to do the right.
And this is an ally and a huge trading partner of the United States and and -- you know it's apparent to me that all you're asking for is fair treatment.
For your son and that he be returned on what you see as a basis obviously.
Durability that we hope that -- -- his home in time for Christmas and that he can spare share that special time with you and your family.
And get out of there and we're gonna stay on top of the story we thank you so much for being with us today thanks to you both thank you won't -- -- tough thing.