Bill Text: NJ SR15 | 2018-2019 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Urges Cuba to extradite Joanne Chesimard to U.S.

Spectrum: Strong Partisan Bill (Republican 10-1)

Status: (Introduced) 2018-01-09 - Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety Committee [SR15 Detail]

Download: New_Jersey-2018-SR15-Introduced.html

SENATE RESOLUTION No. 15

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

218th LEGISLATURE

 

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2018 SESSION

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator  JOSEPH PENNACCHIO

District 26 (Essex, Morris and Passaic)

Senator  ANTHONY R. BUCCO

District 25 (Morris and Somerset)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Senators Doherty, T.Kean, Oroho, Singer, Addiego, Connors, Bateman, Holzapfel and Madden

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Urges Cuba to extradite Joanne Chesimard to U.S.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     Introduced Pending Technical Review by Legislative Counsel.

  


A Senate Resolution urging Cuba to extradite Joanne Chesimard to the United States.

 

Whereas, Joanne Chesimard, also known as Assata Shakur, was convicted in 1977 of the May 2, 1973 murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster and wounding of New Jersey State Trooper James Harper during a shoot-out on the New Jersey Turnpike; and

Whereas, After being pulled over for a routine traffic stop, Joanne Chesimard and fellow members of the radical Black Liberation Army opened fire on Troopers Foerster and Harper, and Joanne Chesimard eventually killed Trooper Foerster reportedly "execution style" by shooting him in the head as he lay wounded by gunfire; and

Whereas, In 1977, Joanne Chesimard was sentenced to life in prison, but two years later escaped from a maximum security cell in what is now the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Union Township, New Jersey, and later fled to Cuba, where she was granted political asylum and has since lived; and

Whereas, State authorities have made numerous efforts to extradite Joanne Chesimard, including an appeal to Pope John Paul II, who made a historic trip to Cuba in 1998; and

Whereas, In 2013, Joanne Chesimard was the first woman named to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's most wanted terrorist list, indicating State and federal law enforcement consider her to be one of the greatest threats to the American government; and

Whereas, President Obama recently announced that the United States will restore diplomatic relations it severed with Cuba more than 50 years ago; and

Whereas, In light of the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the nations, Cuba is urged to extradite Joanne Chesimard to the United States so that she may be brought to justice for the murder of a dedicated law enforcement officer; now, therefore,

 

     Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    This House urges Cuba to extradite Joanne Chesimard to the United States.

 

     2.    Copies of this resolution, as filed with the Secretary of State, shall be transmitted by the Secretary of the Senate to the charge d'affaires or United States Ambassador to Cuba and the Secretary of State of the United States.

STATEMENT

 

     This Senate Resolution urges Cuba to extradite Joanne Chesimard to the United States.

     Joanne Chesimard, also known as Assata Shakur, was convicted in 1977 of the May 2, 1973 murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster and wounding of New Jersey State Trooper James Harper during a shoot-out on the New Jersey Turnpike.  After being pulled over for a routine traffic stop, Joanne Chesimard and fellow members of the radical Black Liberation Army opened fire on Troopers Foerster and Harper, and Joanne Chesimard eventually killed Trooper Foerster by shooting him in the head as he lay wounded by gunfire.

     In 1977, Joanne Chesimard was sentenced to life in prison, but two years later she escaped from a maximum security cell in what is now the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Union Township, New Jersey.  Joanne Chesimard later fled to Cuba, where she was granted political asylum and has lived ever since.

     State authorities have made numerous efforts to extradite Joanne Chesimard and in 2013, Joanne Chesimard was the first woman named to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's most wanted terrorist list.

     President Obama recently announced that the United States will restore diplomatic relations it severed with Cuba more than 50 years ago.  In light of this re-establishment of relations, Cuba is urged to extradite Joanne Chesimard to the United States so that she may be brought to justice for the murder of a dedicated law enforcement officer.

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