As the clock ticked down to the deadline this weekend to reach the 100,000 signature goal on a White House petition supporting the release of jailed Marine Andrew Tahmooressi, a last minute surge of over 10,000 signatures pushed the effort over the top. The petition was started by Jill Tahmooressi, Andrew’s mother, a month ago after son had been jailed in Mexico at the beginning of April. The U.S. government has done little to secure Andrew’s release, and the petition was seen as a way to force the Obama administration to respond.
As of yet, there has been to official White House response to the petition.
Tahmooressi appeared at a hearing last week in Mexico, but during that hearing, he fired his attorney, who his family claimed had coached him to lie about his activities in Mexico at the time of his arrest. His next hearing is still scheduled for June 4, but those close to Tahmooressi claim that hearing will also be delayed in order to allow his new attorney to be properly briefed on the case.
Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon visited Tahmooressi in the prison where he’s being held in Tijuana on Saturday. The Congressman reports that Tahmooressi appears to be in good spirits.