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Dog Chapman is (Finally) Free!

1/29/2008 8:29 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

After years of legal wrangling, a Mexican appellate court has put the Duane Dog Chapman case to rest -- for good.

In today's decision, a Mexican judge ruled that the Dog, his son Leland and his brother Tim cannot be sent back to Mexico to face charges stemming from their apprehension of Max Factor heir Andrew Luster. Luster, who fled the U.S. during his trial on rape and sexual assault charges, now sits in prison serving a 124-year sentence. Chapman and his cohorts tracked Luster to Mexico to bring him to justice, but were arrested themselves as bounty hunting is illegal in Mexico.

Just moments after hearing the news, the Dog told TMZ, "Thank God this nightmare is over," adding, "Fugitives meet the opposition!"

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