29 Members of Congress Ask Rice to Keep Bounty Hunter In US

Honolulu (AP) -- Twenty-nine Republican members of Congress have gone to bat for Hawaii bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman.

They've sent a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice asking her to deny the extradition of Chapman to Mexico.

Chapman is the star of the popular A&E TV show "Dog The Bounty Hunter."

He was arrested last month along with two co-stars for illegal detention and conspiracy for his capture of fugitive convicted rapist Andrew Luster, the Max Factor heir, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in 2003. Bounty hunting is illegal in Mexico. Luster, brought back to the US, is now serving a 124-year prison term. The capture led to Chapman's TV show.

The letter says it seems Mexican authorities are pressing the case only because they are stung by the embarrassment of failing where Chapman succeeded.

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