Marine jailed in Mexico to return to US
Bill O'Reilly reacts to Jon Hammar's release
- Duration 5:48
- Date Dec 21, 2012
Bill O'Reilly reacts to Jon Hammar's release
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This is a Fox News alert freedom may come any time now for the US marine locked up in a notorious Mexican prison.
John hammer has served in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Risking his life for our country.
But he has been behind bars in Mexico since August when he tried to drive across the border with an antique family shotgun -- was a family heirloom.
He declared it to the Mexican authorities that they said it was an inch too long -- ore to shore whichever was non compliant with their -- resident.
And he's been sitting in trial in jail for four months ever since.
Now his mother tells Fox News her son is set to be released today Steve Harrigan live Miami sports -- -- the golfer John Hammer's family and friends is -- to try and bring him back home here to Florida.
By Christmas now it appears they may in fact achieve their goal we've heard from his mother his father.
His Mexican attorney and his congresswoman.
That he dates all expect him to be freed sometime this afternoon.
I just say amen and hallelujah and this is a wonderful early Christmas present for it not just the hammer -- -- I think for our community.
Now we are expecting to get word as soon as hammer crosses the border.
On the US side his father has left Florida this morning to meet him.
On the US side of the border and have a family has always said that John -- declared that sixty year old -- customs agents.
On both sides of the border he was arrested taken to a notorious Mexican prison where effort time.
He was actually changed to a bad and his family in Florida received calls for extortion.
Threatening to kill John hammer unless they paid up the family is Matt did a very public campaign for his release.
Two congressmen were prepared to call for US boycott of Mexico's tourism industry.
John -- father John senior said today he expects to drive home back to Florida with his son once he does get him.
Across the border he said for months and Mexican prison he's not sure his son is up to another flight.
-- -- -- -- Steve thanks.
Well my next guest has spent a lot of time this week trying to bring attention to John -- case Bill O'Reilly host the O'Reilly Factor right here on fox joins us now by phone bill.
It's a great debt.
Yeah I think so where does have a family.
Lot of questions still surrounding this that we'll have to answer in the upcoming weeks.
Why didn't -- the American press -- other than Fox News.
And I you know anybody watching -- right now giving here is -- he say anything bad about Fox News views stated them.
What about corporal -- -- And just let it hang in the year nobody else covered it and you know it was it was amazing to me.
McCallum and hammer in the morning and -- the immediate night.
But when we look for other coverage she -- -- there.
And very disturbing to me because this was such.
A travesty such a miscarriage yes.
Well it wasn't until the media got involved really in -- parents came out publicly started talking about it.
That that it.
It did get new dances the wheels started to move they did also appear on CNN that Anderson Cooper I believe but in -- -- bill I think -- happened because that explanation is a little.
Unclear to me that the father says somebody -- of the court ruled on a motion that excluded evidence on the charge my understanding was it wasn't going to be a court hearing till January.
He think this was diplomacy pressure what.
Why you look I don't wanna -- up until he gets out of there you know.
Some are gonna -- -- bad about the Mexican government right now.
If you don't know where the corporal is in the and we assume that everything's going smoothly behind the scenes but on my program -- parents told me.
State Department told them they couldn't do anything.
That was very mr.
-- Hillary Clinton we don't even know where he is the woman testify about -- she never made a public statement about this so we never went down there.
Obama he didn't say anything and then Jay Carney this week old -- even know about.
Very -- lot of stuff swirling around the story.
How do you think we emerged now than you and I've been talking about it on your show about.
Yeah and I know you joined in in a couple of congressman's calls that we should we should boycott Mexico.
If they don't release this guy by Christmas you felt very strongly about that.
And and just the viewers dominant guy -- that the charge that could have just turned in back of the board because it you can't come -- with a gun go back home they refuse to.
With extortion play I mean.
-- -- have been in Mexico many many times but not recently they really didn't lie I don't like what's going on down there.
But it if you're an American in Mexico you can watch so.
But -- -- -- -- really say too much now until he gets out of there.
But it there was no reason the Mexican authorities do what they did.
They have prison overcrowding down -- you put the guy -- for walking across and trying to register an antique weapons now but you're incarcerating somebody for.
Since August that's what you're doing.
I mean that's insane so we all knew everybody you know in the Mexican government knew.
And finally under pressure -- they let him go there at least seems so.
On and yet originally they had him in the part of the prison that was you know with the worst of the worst in the drug cartels.
And and that picture we have a -- -- of -- -- -- to a bed this is his solitary confinement this was the upgrade.
This is what -- our State Department car for just to get him away from the cartels that were inside the prison so.
It looks like but hopefully hopefully things -- significantly improve now for John -- his parents and they're on their way to get a bill thanks for being here.
-- good -- -- thank you Merry Christmas accuracy of and be sure.