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The Dog May Be Free!

8/1/2007 8:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned that all Mexican charges may have been dropped against famed bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman and two members of his team -- including his son. We're told these photos were taken moments after Dog learned his fate. Hallelujah!

The group had been charged by a Mexican court with deprivation of liberty, after their 2003 capture of convicted serial rapist Andrew Luster in Puerto Vallarta. Chapman had traveled to Mexico to retrieve the Max Factor cosmetics heir, who was wanted in the U.S. on rape charges. Luster is now in jail, serving a 124-year term.

The Chapman crew was jailed for a brief time after the incident as bounty hunting is considered a crime in Mexico. While TMZ could not immediately confirm the ruling (because nosotros hablamos espanol only a little), Dog's attorney told us he "has received a favorable ruling from the people in Puerto Vallarta. The extent of that ruling is unknown as we are still in the process of translating it."

Dog, through his publicist, told TMZ, "Viva La Mexico!"

UPDATE: A spokesman for A&E, where Dog's show airs, gave TMZ this statement exclusively:

Earlier this week the First Criminal Court in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico dismissed all charges against Dog, Tim and Leland Chapman due to the expiration of the statute of limitations on the criminal counts pending against them. The order effectively cancelled all pending charges. The ruling is, however, subject to appeal by the prosecution in Puerto Vallarta. If an appeal is sought, it must be filed by Wednesday, August 8th. Our thoughts and best wishes are with the Chapman family as they await the prosecution's decision. More information will be posted on AETV.com as it becomes available.

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mid us    

Number 4: You're an ass. Grow up.

2454 days ago
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Rebecca in Berkeley    

Way to go! Another rapist off the streets. That's what's most important in all this. "Deprivation of Liberty". Give me a freakin' break! If you rape someone, your liberties matter very little anymore. Taking liberties with the innocent yet whining about the deprivation of your own? Tough tatas. Have fun rotting in jail, Chapman. You know how much prisoners just LOVE rapists!

Go, Dog, go!

2454 days ago
18.

lucky    

SCREW MEXICO

2454 days ago
19.

meltz11    

Screw this idiot and his wife. What a bunch of born again losers. Now he'll be able to get Beth those breast implants hes always wanted, lol! PS Can that chick with a d*** get any fatter and uglier? Not talking about Beth.

2454 days ago
20.

mid us    

It's Luster who's going to prison, not Chapman!

2454 days ago
21.

Rc    

Screw you #17

2454 days ago
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weneedtostop.com    

This is good, because those charges(Dog's) were bogus.

2454 days ago
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vegan    

He DID break the law in Mexico and knew what he was doing was wrong before he went there. Other bounty hunters have spoken out against him becasue it is illegal to bounty hunt in Mexico. Face it, he went for the reward money. However, if he got off, that's great, but these people are real jerks!

Trust me, most people here in Honolulu can't stand these sanctimonious creeps. They give our island state a bad name. We are not full of tweeks! They are mainland trailer-park transplants who sensationalize themselves to sell their show. Great, they can make a living, but not at others' expense, and yes, Beth is a major league, prima-donna be-yatch!

2454 days ago
24.

Kevin    

Congrats.....This was the right decision. Now what are they going to do for a story line for their show?

2454 days ago
25.

susan    

I am so happy! Great news

2454 days ago
26.

Jeezlouise    

He's gross. He does more drugs than the people he catches.

2454 days ago
27.

sunny d    

wtg dog................... you saved alot of women. hats off to you all. luv the show

2454 days ago
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Jeezlouise    

He is a big hypocrite.

2454 days ago
29.

Cat Stevns    

Can Ah have im? I'm a desperate banjo! ah needs ah man!

2454 days ago
30.

You're Killing Me Larry    

Does this mean that Duane (Hound Dog- Mad Dog) Chapman and his cartoon posse can sally forth once more?

2454 days ago
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