U.S. Marine Andrew Tahmooressi has been granted a new court hearing next week in Mexico.
Tahmooressi has been jailed in Mexico since April 1 and is optimistic about the opportunities the coming hearing might bring.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Tahmooressi was arrested on the Mexican side of the border “after Mexican police side he crossed into Mexico with three weapons and several hundred rounds of ammunition.”
Tahmooressi has maintained that he crossed into Mexico by mistake.
His first court date was set for May 28, but was “cancelled after Tahmooressi fired his first attorney.”
His new attorney, Fernandez Benitez, will handle arguments in the upcoming July 9 hearing.
In Mexico judges can “hold multiple hearings to hear all sides of a criminal case.” Judges then have “wide discretion to continue or drop a case.”
Tahmooressi’s family has asked President Obama to intervene, but attorney Benitez says even a call from a U.S. President will not change the way Tahmooressi’s case is handled in Mexico.
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