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Ryan, Johnson introduce bills to bring Hoerig back from Brazil

Published: Fri, February 15, 2013 @ 12:05 a.m.

By Ed Runyan



U.S. Reps. Tim Ryan and Bill Johnson have introduced two bills in the House of Representatives in an effort to bring former Newton Falls woman Claudia Hoerig back to Trumbull County to face prosecution in the 2007 murder of her husband.

Hoerig has been indicted in Trumbull County in the death of U.S. Air Force Maj. Karl Hoerig. Trumbull County officials believe she fled to her native Brazil shortly after purportedly shooting her husband in their Newton Falls home.

Brazil has refused to extradite her back to the United States to stand trial despite efforts in the past by Ryan and Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins.

The bills are the same ones Ryan, of Niles, D-13th, introduced in June 2011. The bills didn’t reach the floor for a vote.

They would end the issuance of visas by the U.S. to Brazilian citizens, preventing them from coming here “since the U.S. has no recourse to extradite those who would flee back to Brazil after committing crimes,” Johnson said in a press release.

The other bill would end the approximately $14 million in foreign aid to Brazil.

On Thursday from Washington, Ryan and Johnson, of Marietta, R-6th, had a conference call on the legislation, with Ryan saying it sometimes takes multiple efforts on the same bill to get the attention of members of Congress.

Additionally, Ryan said he believes there’s a better chance of success with his Republican colleague working with him.

“To have Congressman Johnson now on the Republican side will be very, very helpful,” Ryan said.

Another reason to propose the legislation again, Ryan said, is to make Brazil understand that it cannot “hold the ball and wait us out.”

“We are not going away until Claudia Hoerig’s butt is back in Trumbull County and in the courtroom,” Ryan said.

“I think we’re going to see some movement in the coming days,” Johnson said.

“There is no reason why Brazil should continue receiving American foreign- aid dollars if it refuses to show basic respect to a friend and ally,” he said. “Since Brazil has chosen not to extradite Maj. Hoerig’s wife to the United States to stand trial, this legislation would stop foreign aid to Brazil “until the Brazilian government has a change of heart.”


1chuck_carney(499 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Kudos to Congressman Johnson for crossing the aile to extradite this woman for trial.

Crossing the aisle is something little timmie ryan should learn.

He professes his gun rights and anti-abortion issues, but will he stand firm against his party's extremists' when it comes time to vote

I haven't heard a peep from timmie on the current anti-gun debate. Not a word when the Catholic Church and its related organizations opposed providing health insuance for abortion services.

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2glbtactivist(320 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

I don't appreciate that the relationship between our countries should be threatened by the case of one suspected criminal. This sounds like a very bad precedent and not very well thought out. Cheap politics that I expect from dumb Johnson, but not Ryan.

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3redeye1(5612 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

gibtactivist This is all little Timmy idea, Johnson just joined him on it. Secondly Why are we even given foreign aid to this country in the first place? It's time we stop all foreign aid to everyone and let them stand on their own merits.

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4DwightK(1535 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

This is what diplomacy is all about. Claudia Hoerig cannot be allowed to get away with murder. Brazil needs to recognize this or lose the benefits of having the United States as an ally.

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5redvert(2238 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Sorry gibtactivist but you can't pick and chose who you slam based on your political beliefs and maintain any credibility that you may of had.

Why are we buying Brazil's friendship in the first place? Oh, never mind, you are a member of the gimmie society. What was I thinking!!!

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6busyman(239 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

I think these two should work on the problems in this country. Just a few. Social Security, Medicare and the deficit. This effort is being wasted on 1 person out of country of 350 million. Oh, let us not forget about illegale immigration? How nice these two should reach out and touch hands on an issue that is a legal state matter . What happened to all those who say that the government should not get involved in things. This is a thing. Help the US people that went through hurrican Sandy.

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7DSquared(1778 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

How about if they also insert the word "Mexico" into that Bill!

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