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Accountability & Justice Sought by Tiffany Hartley, Widow of American Believed Slain by Mexican Cartel Pirates on Falcon Lake

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Washington, DC — May 12, 2011

Today Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) held a press conference to bring attention to the investigation of the murder of David Hartley. Hartley was murdered on Lake Falcon which spans the border between Texas and Mexico. It is believed that Hartley was gunned down by members of the Mexican Zeta drug cartel who have control of the lake. Nearly eight months after the murder, Mr. Hartley’s body has yet to be recovered and the federal government has ended their participation in this case. Congressman Poe is calling on the Administration to rejoin this investigation to find David Hartley’s assassins and bring them to justice.“It has been nearly eight months since David Hartley was gunned down on Falcon Lake. His wife Tiffany is still left with no answers about the death of her husband. Mrs. Hartley is not alone. Last year 111 U.S. citizens were killed in Mexico, to this day none of those cases have been solved. In many of these cases the Federal Government has abandoned the investigations leaving it up to the Mexican government to solve, no questions asked. It is past time that the American government stays on top of the Mexican government for solving the murders of our own citizens.”Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption also spoke at the press conference. Judicial Watch represents Mrs. Tiffany Hartley, widow of David, and survivor of the attack. Today Judicial Watch is calling on the Mexican Government and the Obama Administration to thoroughly investigate the September 30, 2010, murder of David Hartley on Falcon Lake, Texas. Judicial watch has launched an investigation of David Hartley’s murder, and is moving to identify and obtain all government records pertaining to the September shooting, including Obama administration communications with their Mexican counterparts, as well as law enforcement officials, Mexican military authorities, and others.“Mrs. Hartley is owed a full and thorough investigation into the murder of her husband. Mrs. Hartley deserves accountability from both the Mexican authorities and the Obama Administration. So far, the pursuit of justice apparently has been suppressed for political reasons on both sides of the border. It’s shameful and wrong. We demand the full commitment of available resources to solve this murder and bring those responsible to justice,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.


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