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Attorney Cristobal Galindo at the Supreme Court with the parents of Sergio Hernandez, a Mexican 15-year-old who was on the Mexican side of the border when he was shot and killed in 2010 by a Border Patrol agent standing in the U.S. The family is fighting for the right to sue the agent after a Border Patrol investigation claimed the shooting was justified.

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the family of a Mexican boy, shot and killed in 2010 by a Border Patrol agent in Texas, does not have the right to file suit in U.S. courts. The decision likely dooms a similar lawsuit filed in Arizona by the family of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, who was shot and killed that same year in Nogales, Sonora. Read more»

Attorney Cristobal Galindo at the Supreme Court with the parents of Sergio Hernandez, a Mexican 15-year-old who was on the Mexican side of the border when he was shot and killed in 2010 by a Border Patrol agent standing in the U.S. The family is fighting for the right to sue the agent after a Border Patrol investigation claimed the shooting was justified.

Supreme Court justices appeared split Tuesday on whether the family of a Mexican teen who was shot across the border and killed by a Border Patrol agent in Texas can sue the agent. Read more»

Border Patrol Agent Matthew Bowen had been investigated for years before he used his 4,000-pound truck to assault a fleeing migrant. Read more»

The Supreme Court will decide in its next term whether a Border Patrol agent in Texas can be sued for fatally shooting a teen across the border in Mexico – a ruling that will affect a nearly identical case from Nogales.

Two federal circuit courts reached different conclusions over the right of foreign nationals on foreign soil to sue the U.S. government over civil rights violations. Now the Supreme Court will settle the issue. Read more»

A memorial for 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, who was killed by a Border Patrol agent in a 2012 cross-border shooting in Nogales.

The outcome of a lawsuit filed by the family of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, a Mexican teenager killed in a 2012 cross-border shooting in Nogales, hinges on a similar court case from Texas that will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court this fall. Read more»

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»

Notebooks used to cover two trials this year against Lonnie Swartz, the Border Patrol agent tried but not convicted of unlawfully killing 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez.

A journalist's experience: Reporting on the prosecution of the Border Patrol agent accused of unlawfully shooting and killing a 16-year-old Mexican boy required time and a lot of notebooks. Read more» 2

A photo of Elena Rodriguez during a 2017 vigil for the boy in Nogales, Sonora.

BP's Lonnie Swartz may not have broken the law but that doesn't mean he properly used deadly force. It's time for CBP to loop citizens into deciding when using it is justified. The people, in fact, should demand that right because it's theirs and theirs alone. Read more»

Lonnie Swartz walks into federal court in March 2018.

Federal prosecutors said they cannot file new charges against Lonnie Swartz, ending the case against the BP agent who once faced a second-degree murder trial, and then manslaughter charges, for shooting and killing a 16-year-old boy in a cross-border shooting in 2012. Read more»

Araceli Rodriguez speaks to supporters outside of the federal courthouse Wednesday afternoon

Jurors in the trial of Lonnie Swartz, the Border Patrol agent on trial in a cross-border shooting, found him not guilty of involuntary manslaughter on Wednesday. Jurors did not reach a verdict on a voluntary manslaughter charge. Read more» 1

Lonnie Swartz walks into federal court in March.

Jurors began deliberating Friday after closing arguments in the case against Lonnie Swartz, the Border Patrol agent on trial for manslaughter for shooting and killing 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez more than six years ago in Nogales. Read more»

The scene where Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, 16, died on October 12, 2010 after he was shot and killed by Border Patrol Agent Lonnie Swartz.

Over the last two days, Lonnie Swartz's defense team assembled a trio of experts to challenge major parts of the prosecution's case against the Border Patrol agent, who faces manslaughter charges in the 2012 shooting of a Mexican teenager. Read more»

Lonnie Swartz heading into federal court in March.

Facing federal manslaughter charges, BP Agent Lonnie Swartz testified he was defending himself and fellow law enforcement when he fired 16 rounds through the border fence into Mexico, killing a 16-year-old boy in 2012. Read more»

The scene where 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez died from a spot in Arizona around where Lonnie Swartz was standing when he fired his weapon, emptying one magazine and firing three rounds from another, sending 10 rounds into the boy's back and head.

In a statement read to the court, an FBI informant from Nogales, Sonora, told investigators he spoke with two men just after the shooting of a Mexican teenager, who said Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez was given rocks to throw at Border Patrol agents. Read more»

The family of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez lit candles during a vigil for the boy, who was shot at killed in Nogales, Sonora by a U.S. Border Patrol agent six years ago.

As prosecutors wrap up, the defense opens with their own forensic pathologist to dispute the findings of Dr. Emma Lew, who said on Monday that while mortally wounded, Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, 16, was still alive before he was shot in the head by a Border Patrol agent six years ago. Read more»

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