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Fri, Sep 22 2006

And could we affectionately call him Deputy Dog then?

The case in Mexico against Duane "Dog" Chapman is taking on a life of its own. It's been ironic from the beginning that an American bounty hunter would be charged with jumping bail, even if it did happen in another country. A message forum has been lively at FreeTheDog.org. People are posting links to news stories, letters written by officials and expressing their opinions on the matter. Chapman Justice has also begun a forum. Dog Legal Defense Fund set up a donation link for those who want to put their money where their Dog is, and the site is sponsored by one of the women who was part of the case against Andrew Luster, the bail jumper Dog went to Mexico and captured. A&E's Dog The Bounty Hunter site has its own online coverage of the TV show and the strange twist of Duane Chapman's own arrest, along with the arrest of his son and co-worker, Leland, and another co-worker, Tim Chapman. Duane Chapman's official site is Dog the Bounty Hunter.

Since I'm biased toward Duane Chapman's present work in the criminal justice system, and since I'm not privy to all that goes on with his own current case, I won't make too many personal comments at this time. But I do have a particular question that is nagging me. Why did it take 3 years for Dog to be picked up? It isn't as though he's been hiding out. His work life is very public. I also wonder why our U.S. tax money is being used on this case when there are so many other pressing U.S./Mexico border issues. The timing and the technique both seem very odd to me.

I've forgotten where I heard it, but one loyal Dog fan, who was not at all pleased with Dog's arrest, said that it was a waste of U.S. tax money and resources to have Duane Chapman and his co-workers under detention while there were many other people actively engaged in criminal behavior loose on the streets. The person thought that Dog's time might be better utilized if the U.S. government deputized Dog to go get Osama bin Laden.

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