Title

Justice In The International Extradition System, The Case Of George Wright And Beyond

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
United States
Members: 
Name: 
Hon. Christopher Smith
Title Text: 
Chairman
Body: 
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Name: 
Hon. Benjamin Cardin
Title Text: 
Co-Chairman
Body: 
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Witnesses: 
Name: 
R.J. Gallagher
Title: 
Retired Special Agent
Body: 
FBI
Name: 
Jonathan Winer
Title: 
Senior Director, APCO Worldwide
Body: 
Former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Law Enforcement
Name: 
Ann Patterson
Title: 
Daughter
Body: 
Walter Patterson

This briefing discussed the case of George Wright.  In 1963, Wright was implicated in the robbery of a gas station, during which he fatally beat and shot a man named Walter Patterson (a veteran of World War II and a Bronze Star recipient). Wright was sentenced to prison, but escaped to Algeria in the middle of his stay at Leesburg State Prison.

41 years later, Wright was discovered in Portugal. In spite of the U.S.’s and Portugal’s firm commitment regarding extradition, a court in Portugal inexplicably refused to extradite Wright. This hearing’s goal was to scrutinize what transpired in this case and what could be achieved in order to bring Wright to justice, raising the broader question about the international extradition system.

Relevant issues: 
Clear Filters
Close
Filters

U.S. Delegation to OSCE PA Drives International Action against Human Trafficking, Discrimination, and Anti-Semitism

Parliamentary Diplomacy

Helsinki Commission Examines Plight of Internally Displaced Persons

Internet Freedom in the Age of Dictators and Terrorists

Our Impact by Country

Chairman Smith Supports Genocide Victims in Syria and Iraq

NATO’s Warsaw Summit and the Future of European Security

Helsinki Commission Co-Chair Urges Secretary Kerry to Address Corruption in Bosnia

Chairman Smith Champions Improved Security for European Jewish Communities at Annual Meeting of OSCE Parliamentarians

Chairman Smith Sends Strong Message of Support to Poland Ahead of NATO Summit in Warsaw

Chairman Smith Introduces Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Aid Holocaust Survivors

Chairman Smith Leads International Legislators against Human Trafficking, Child Sex Tourism

The Helsinki Process: A Four Decade Overview

Helsinki Commission Briefing to Examine Internet Freedom in the Age of Dictators and Terrorists

OSCE Foreign Ministers Meet in Belgrade

OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting 2015

Helsinki Commission Chair, Co-Chair Welcome Savchenko Release; Urge Russia To Comply With Minsk Agreements

40th Anniversary of the U.S. Helsinki Commission

I Was Locked Up and Tortured by Putin’s Spooks

Fox Business: Sen. Wicker on Turkey

Bipartisan Legislation to Bring Back Convicted Criminals Abroad Passes Subcommittee

Helsinki Commission to Preview Outcomes of July NATO Summit in Warsaw

Pages