Marine Andrew Tahmooressi

From The Marine Corps Times, July 2014, Page 5:

Vet in Mexico Gets Backing

As Marine veteran Andrew Tahmooressi was ordered back to jail after appearing in a Mexican courthouse in Tijuana on July 9, a host of lawmakers and a movie star voiced their support for him.  Thousands have come to Tahmooressi’s support, with more than 100,000 people signing a White House petition asking the president to intervene on the veteran’s behalf.   

The Marine veteran said he missed his exit near the border crossing in March, entering Mexico with three firearms and dozens of rounds of ammunition in his truck before being arrested by local authorities.  Now a bipartisan group of 74 lawmakers, led by Reps. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., and Lee Terry, R-Neb., sent letters to the Mexican judge, asking that Tahmooressi’s character and service are taken into account.  Actor Gary Sinise, best known for playing Lieutenant Dan in the 1994 classic “Forrest Gump,” also tweeted his support for Tahmooressi.