Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Justice for Spc. Jorge Estrada? Why not?

I've been thinking on a subject in the past day or two. that subject being murder. Follows an ongoing tale of two murders.

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In 1996, Nashville artist Janet March disappeared. Her body has, to my knowledge, never been found. Her husband, attorney Perry March, after several legal battles involving wrongful death, estate issues, and child custody, moved with his children to Chicago, then to Mexico. Information available here, here, and here.

This past week he was brought back to Nashville and jailed, charged with the murder of his wife. It is not clear to me whether he was extradited out of Mexico, or the FBI persuaded him to come of his own volition. Regardless, the fact remains that he was once in Mexico, free, and now he's in Nashville, non-free.

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On June 9, 2005 Spc. Jorge Estrada was murdered while on leave from his unit in Iraq. His alleged murderer, Fabian Cayetano Urrea, has reportedly fled to Mexico. His sister was arrested and charged with helping him escape. Information available here, here, here, and here. It seems plain that the Murrieta, CA police have a strong case against Urrea, with both a body and witnesses.

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If the FBI (see links) can go into Mexico and bring Perry March back, is there any reason why they cannot do the same for Fabian Urrea. If there is no reason why they cannot, then why have they not done so?

Just asking, y'know. I would certainly not imply, not yet at least, that there is a double standard at work here. But I hope and pray that we don't have to wait ten more years for justice.

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