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Swartz trial: Jury finds BP agent not guilty of 2nd-degree murder

A jury found Border Patrol Agent Lonnie Ray Swartz not guilty on Monday of second-degree murder in the 2012 cross-border shooting of a Mexican teenager in Nogales, Sonora. The jury hung on lesser charges. ... Read more»2

How Border Patrol faked statistics showing a 73% rise in assaults against agents

While Border Patrol claimed that assaults on agents spiked 73 percent in 2017, almost the entire increase — 271 purported assaults — was said to have occurred in one sector in South Texas, with 126 attributed to one incident on a single day, which involved just 7 agents and 6 subjects.... Read more»

Court OKs special prosecutor to fight Arpaio’s push to clear his record

A federal appeals court this week approved the hiring of a special prosecutor to challenge former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s claim that his criminal contempt of court conviction should be vacated after his presidential pardon.... Read more»

Supreme Court voids law allowing deportation in ‘crimes of violence’

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a federal law allowing deportation of immigrants who commit “crimes of violence” was unconstitutionally vague, a decision hailed by Arizona immigration lawyers as a “promising step forward.”... Read more»

ACLU wants Greyhound to end Customs and Border Protection raids

Greyhound bus passengers of color, who speak with accents or simply are “not white,” routinely are questioned and sometimes detained by Customs and Border Protection agents, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.... Read more»

Swartz trial: Judge sends deadlocked jury back into deliberations

Jurors in the trial of Lonnie Swartz, the Border Patrol agent accused of second-degree murder, told a judge Friday that they were unable to reach a unanimous verdict after nearly three days of reviewing the case. The judge gave them an "Allen charge" and instructed them to return to their deliberations.... Read more»

BP uncovers cache of weapons near Ajo, 3 men arrested

Three men and a cache of semi-automatic rifles were intercepted by Border Patrol agents on Saturday afternoon southwest of Ajo, Ariz. ... Read more»

TOPD intercepts man using pack horses to smuggle meth, pot

A Tohono O'odham Police officer arrested a man Wednesday afternoon near the village of Santa Rosa, about 63 miles northwest of Tucson, when he discovered him leading two horses carrying burlap sacks stuffed with narcotics worth more than $123,000.... Read more»

Border Patrol agents rescue 3 hikers near Sells

Border Patrol agents rescued three hikers in the rugged Baboquivari Mountains on Wednesday after a 911 call for help on Tuesday, authorities said. ... Read more»

'Buzzed' threats against McSally earn Tucson man 15 mos. in prison

A series of threatening phone messages directed at Rep. Martha McSally led to a sentence of more than a year in federal prison for a Tucson man. Steve Martan was told by a federal judge Wednesday that he'll also spend three years on probation after completing his stay behind bars.... Read more»

Swartz trial: Cross-border shooting case sent to jury

Jurors began deliberating Monday after closing arguments in the case against Lonnie Ray Swartz, the Border Patrol agent on trial for second-murder for shooting and killing 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez ... Read more»

Ducey: Call for National Guard not border militarization

Citing a surge in apprehensions by Border Patrol agents, Gov. Doug Ducey praised the Trump administration for "finally taking action" to secure the border by calling on governors in southwestern states to deploy National Guard troops along the U.S.-Mexico border. ... Read more»2

What the Devil won't tell you

Stop making sense: Immigration debate devolving into word salad

The immigration debate, and for the moment the controversy about the National Guard on the border, is about an inevitable power shift – who's losing it, who's got it, and what they are going to do with it on the brink of massive cultural change. No wonder the facts are irrelevant.... Read more»

Az Supreme Court strikes down in-state tuition for DACA students

The Arizona Supreme Court on Monday unanimously ruled that DACA recipients no longer will be eligible for in-state tuition, saying state and federal laws prohibit it.... Read more»

Swartz: 'I'm gonna defend myself' — BP agent accused of murder takes stand

In emotional testimony, Lonnie Swartz, the Border Patrol agent accused of murder in the shooting death of a Mexican teenager, told jurors that he was scared and fired his weapon after a fellow agent and a Nogales police dog were hit with rocks thrown over the border fence.... Read more»

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