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Thursday, September 6, 2007

Hsu caught in Colorado

My stars and garters, I thought he would have surely flown the coop for Hong Kong. Well, we can't be right 100% of the time, but Colorado? Anyway, he was caught in Grand Junction by a mysterious quirk of fate. He got sick:

Fugitive political fundraiser Norman Hsu, who skipped out on San Mateo County authorities this week rather than face sentencing for a 1992 fraud conviction, was apprehended Thursday night by federal and local lawmen in Grand Junction, Colo.

Authorities said Hsu was taken into custody at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction at 7 p.m. local time. He had been on the lam for almost two days after failing to appear in a Redwood City courtroom Wednesday to surrender his passport.

Hsu was taken off a passenger train at the Grand Junction train station earlier in the day by paramedics who requested a backboard to move him, said Sgt. Lonnie Chavez with the Grand Junction Police Department.

Authorities received a request for medical assistance at the train station at about 11:15 a.m., but the exact nature of Hsu's condition was unclear, Chavez said.
Hsu was traveling on an Amtrak train when he became ill, and Amtrak personnel called an ambulance when the train stopped in Grand Junction, said Pete Smarr, a nursing supervisor at St. Mary’s Hospital. Hsu was listed in fair condition early Friday, but Smarr declined to comment on the nature of Hsu's illness or a timetable for his release from the hospital.

Hsu was arrested in Colorado on federal charges of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution after the California attorney general's office sought assistance from federal authorities in apprehending him, FBI spokesman Joseph Schadler said. The federal charges will be dropped once Hsu is returned to California to face sentencing in state court, Schadler said.

Of all the dumb luck, but why are the federal flight charges being dropped? Seems reasonable that they would keep those in place to make sure the bond is higher this time around, or that none is given at all because the guy is an obvious flight risk. Bonus thought here: Anyone think to grab his bloody passport this time? After all, we don't want to be going through this all over again.

Allah noticed this interesting twist from the local news affiliate in Colorado. ICE was involved in the arrest and investigation, so for the Hot Air fans, I reiterate Allah's question: "Won’t that be a tasty angle if he’s here illegally?"

Yes, yes it would. Explain that one away, Hillary. and if he is here illegally, and she claims she didn't know, then I guess the question that remains is what sort of checks do you perform before accepting campaign contributions?

Publius II


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