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BP agent charged with running down Guatemalan man pleads guilty to civil rights violation

A Nogales-area Border Patrol agent, accused of assaulting a Guatemalan man and then lying about it, will plead guilty to a misdemeanor civil rights violation, his lawyer said Monday. BP Agent Matthew Bowen will leave the agency under the settlement.... Read more»1

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Fresh video evidence may delay trial of BP agent accused of running down Guatemalan man

The trial of an Border Patrol agent accused of assaulting a Guatemalan man and then lying it may be delayed. Agent Matthew Bowen's attorney said Friday that federal prosecutors disclosed 'critical' video evidence just 11 days before trial. ... Read more»

Jury to see 'racially offensive' texts by BP agent accused of running down suspect

A jury will see most of the texts sent by a Border Patrol agent accused of running down a Guatemalan man with his patrol pickup and then lying about it, a judge ruled. Matthew Bowen called people apprehended by agents "disgusting subhuman sh-t," and repeatedly used "tonk," a word widely known as a racial epithet.... Read more»

BP agent, facing assault charge, called people on border 'savages' and 'subhuman'

A Nogales Border Patrol agent — accused of running down a Guatemalan man and then lying about it — called people apprehended by agents "disgusting subhuman sh*t," and repeatedly used a racial epithet for border crossers in text messages, court documents say. ... Read more»

New Senate likely to resume torrid pace of judicial confirmations

Democrats are gearing up for change in Washington after their surge in the midterm elections, but there’s at least one area where Republicans will still hold the upper hand – judicial nominations.... 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»

Mexican man sentenced to 78 months for assaulting BP agent

Leopoldo Rubio-Quinonez was sentenced to prison for biting a Border Patrol agent's thumb during an arrest near Lukeville, Ariz., in December 2016. During the altercation, Rubio-Quinonez was tasered and punched by agents, and suffered a collapsed lung and fractured bones in his face, requiring hospitalization. ... Read more»

BP agent found guilty of stealing gun parts from federal armory

A Border Patrol agent was found guilty of stealing more than $100,000 in gun parts from a federal armory in West Virginia, including a device that modified a Glock pistol into a fully automatic weapon, and mailing them to Arizona. ... Read more»1

Former border agent sentenced to 8 years for pot smuggling

A former Customs and Border Protection agent was sentenced to eight years in prison for his role in a plot to smuggle more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana into the United States.... Read more»

Judge nixes Republican case to overturn City Council election

A Superior Court judge ruled Monday against a request by a pair of Republican candidates who sought to be declared the winners of last month's Tucson election. Kelly Lawton and Margaret Burkholder won their East Side wards, but lost in landslides in the total vote count.... Read more»

Court hears GOP suit to overturn City Council election

A Superior Court judge will rule within a week on a lawsuit by a pair of Republican candidates who are seeking to be declared the winners of last month's Tucson election. Kelly Lawton and Margaret Burkholder won their East Side wards, but lost in landslides in the total vote count.... Read more»

City Council appeals 9th Circuit election ruling

The City Council voted Tuesday to appeal last week's ruling of a 9th Circuit panel that found Tucson's election system unconstitutional. The Council also discussed moving ahead with putting changes to elections on the ballot for voter approval.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Despite GOP lawsuit, judge's ruling seems to favor city-wide elections

The shark has just poked his head out of the waves and watched the Pima County Republican Party sail over his head on water skis. The party that refused to mount a full-fledged campaign and has called city elections "Jim Crow" oppression now wants to sue incumbents Paul Cunningham and Shirley Scott out of a job.... Read more»9

Republicans sue to be declared Council winners

Even though they lost the city-wide vote, two of the three GOP candidates for City Council are asking a judge to declare them the winners, based on a 9th Circuit ruling that Tucson's elections are unconstitutional. Kelly Lawton and Margaret Burkholder won their East Side wards, but lost in landslides in the total vote count.... Read more»1

9th Circuit: Tucson's 'unusual' elections are unconstitutional

Sending the case back to a lower court, a panel of federal judges has ruled that Tucson's "odd" system of electing its City Council violates the principle of "one person, one vote." The 9th Circuit released the 2-1 decision Tuesday. The city is likely to appeal.... Read more»

Mexican man sentenced to 43 years in assault on Forest Service officer

An Agua Prieta man will serve 43 years in a U.S. federal prison for attacking a U.S. Forest Service officer near Douglas last August, a judge ordered Monday.... Read more»

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