Congress Passes First Substantive Amendment to United States Extradition Laws in More Than 100 Years

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Thursday, December 1, 1988
Michael Abbell
In one of the many changes to title 18, United States Code, in the recently signed Omnibus Drug Initiative Act of 1988, Congress amended this country's extradition laws to make it easier to obtain a warrant of apprehension for a person whose extradition is sought from the United States.  Unfortunately, the amendment does not go far enough in enabling the United States to be responsibe to requests by foreign countries for the apprehension and the extradition of fugitives sought by those countries.