LETTER Angelini Calls for Extradition of Convicted NJ Cop Killer From Cuba

Amidst news reports that President Barack Obama is expected to announce that he is taking Cuba off the State Sponsors of Terrorism List, Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini is calling for extradition of convicted cop killer Joanne Chesimard from Cuba.


Chesimard escaped prison and fled to Cuba after being convicted of killing a N.J. State police trooper in 1973.


“I disagree with President Obama’s decision to restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba and am disappointed that the U.S. State Department is moving towards a decision to recommend the removal of Cuba from the State Sponsors Terrorism List,” said Angelini, R-Monmouth. “Cuba continues to harbor dozens of American fugitives, including Chesimard, who was sentenced to life in prison, but two years later escaped and was granted asylum by Cuba’s former leader Fidel Castro. She needs to be extradited to the United States.”


Angelini sponsored a resolution (AR198) that expresses profound disagreement with President Barack Obama to restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba and urges the extradition to the United States of Joanne Chesimard.


“As the wife of a retired police officer, I firmly believe that anyone who kills a police officer should be brought to justice and Joanne Chesimard should be in a New Jersey prison,” concluded Angelini.