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February 18th, 2010
06:00 AM ET

8 freed by Haitian judge arrive in Florida

Missionaries (L-R) Corinna Lankford, Carla Thompson, Drew Culberth, Steve McMullen and Paul Thompson arrive at Miami International Airport February 17, 2010.

Missionaries (L-R) Corinna Lankford, Carla Thompson, Drew Culberth, Steve McMullen and Paul Thompson arrive at Miami International Airport February 17, 2010.

Miami, Florida (CNN) - Eight U.S. missionaries who were detained for almost three weeks in Haiti on child kidnapping charges arrived in Miami, Florida, late Wednesday night after a judge ordered them freed.

The group arrived at Miami International Airport on a U.S. Air Force C-130 cargo plane from the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince.

"It feels great for him to be back from Haiti," said Hiram Sasser, who represents one of the men, Jim Allen. "It's great that the attention will return to where it should be back on the people of Haiti."

The freed Americans were among 10 charged with kidnapping and criminal association for trying to take 33 children out of Haiti after a magnitude-7.0 earthquake devastated the impoverished country on January 12.

The group said it was trying to help the children get to a safe place and wanted to establish an orphanage in the Dominican Republic. The eight were released without the need to post bond.

Lawyer Gary Lissade, who also represents Allen, said the fact that the judge was releasing the Americans on their own recognizance may indicate that the charges will be eventually dropped. FULL STORY


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  1. Michaelflyfisher

    I continue to be amazed by the lack of depth in the coverage of the Tea Bagger "movemernt" by CNN. It seems that the public can easily pick up on the clues that a subject is shilling for others. Just look at the interview this morning with the tea bag organizer. In the interview she used the term "democrat party" which is republican speak for the Democratic Party.

    Why does no one ask her who is referring to when uses this term and point out the direct link to her republican backers that the term establishes? Also, she is allowed to state that she is not on an expense account, but there is no follow-up as to how they are actually funded.

    This is such a totally transparent "movement" that it is amazing to me that CNN continues to fall right into lock step giving it credability when it is so easy to trace it's origins to corporate America and the republican party. Or should we just start referring to it as "The Obstructians?"

    February 18, 2010 at 10:34 am |
  2. Howie

    please pray for the kidnappers... cause clearly kidnapping is gods will...
    "The group said it was trying to help the children get to a safe place and wanted to establish an orphanage in the Dominican Republic."<< <<< not the truth.. they claimed to already have an orphanage set up in the D.R. as well as non profit status, both are lies as was the "fact" that all the children were "orphans". hopefully others will see that religion is a personal issue and not to be waved around or used as an justifacation for everything from war to kidnapping...and whatever your religous belifes are they are no excuse to try to make others belive or live like you... gods will is "to live and let live" period!!

    February 18, 2010 at 9:36 am |