Demands are growing for the American government to intervene in the case of a US Marine jailed in Mexico crossing the border by mistake. Sgt Andrew Tahmooressi has changed attorneys but remains on good terms with his former lawyer following a hearing Wednesday.
The May 28 hearing ended quickly after Tahmooressi’s former counsel informed the judge of the change, as a crowd of about 100 people rallied in support of the decorated Marine. A new hearing has been set for June 6.
“He shouldn’t be here.”
“We had some disagreements about how information was presented,” Tahmooressi’s now-former defense attorney, Alejandro Osuna, said after the hearing.
Osuna confirmed he had been fired before the hearing, adding that the legal change kept Tahmooressi’s accusers from testifying until new counsel could become familiar with the legal details. Tahmooressi did not give a statement.
“Andrew is innocent and regardless of who his attorney is, his innocence will come out,” Osuna said.
Osuna also said Tahmooressi is looking good and is in good spirits. And he maintained his former client’s innocence.
“He shouldn’t be here,” Osuna said, though he added that he thinks the American is “getting a fair shot” in the Mexican justice system.