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U.S. Judge Thomas S. Hixson to resolve ex-Peruvian President Toledo extradition process

12:46 | San Francisco (U.S.), Jul. 18.

United States Magistrate Judge Thomas S. Hixson is in charge of the extradition process of former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo (2001-2006), who is under investigation in the Odebrecht and Ecoteva money laundering cases in Peru.


Magistrate Judge Thomas S. Hixson joined the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in 2018 following nearly 20 years as a litigator in private practice in San Francisco.

Before taking the bench, Magistrate Judge Hixson was a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP, and before then an associate and then partner at Bingham McCutchen LLP, and prior to that an associate at McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen, LLP. His practice encompassed complex litigation in federal and state courts in fields including intellectual property, antitrust and unfair competition, energy regulation, water management and telecommunications. 

Magistrate Judge Hixson is a past chair of the California State Bar Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section (now the Antitrust, UCL and Privacy Section of the California Lawyers Association). He has contributed to the Section's treatise, California State Antitrust & Unfair Competition Law, published by Matthew Bender.

His pro bono work while in private practice included serving as counsel in a complex challenge to telecommunications marketing practices before the California Public Utilities Commission and assisting tenants facing eviction via the San Francisco Superior Court's Housing Negotiation Project. He also served on the Board of Directors of the AIDS Legal Referral Panel.

Magistrate Judge Hixson earned his undergraduate and law degrees, both magna cum laude, from Harvard. The year after graduating from law school, he served as a law clerk to Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge A. Wallace Tashima in Pasadena, CA.

Toledo detained in the U.S.

As is known, former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo was arrested in the United States by an extradition order against him, within the framework of the investigations over alleged corruption offenses in the awarding of the South Interoceanic Highway Project to Brazilian company Odebrecht.

The Peruvian Public Ministry's International Judicial Cooperation and Extraditions Unit (UCJIE) Head Senior Prosecutor Celia Goicochea indicated the detention took place on July 16 at 6:30 AM (local time) in the State of California


After U.S. authorities' questions were addressed, the Department of Justice notified the Public Ministry's UCJIE on July 2 that the arrest order was being prepared in order to extradite the ex-President. 

"It is a favorable result, as the judicial phase will start," she said.

Finally, the Peruvian prosecutor thanked her counterpart in the United States, for the valuable cooperation in the monitoring of the extradition file and the permanent communication with the national authority.

Click here to read the facts of the extradition request against Toledo.

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Published: 7/18/2019
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